In Britain, a man himself set his house worth crores on fire to prevent his wife from getting her share after divorce. The value of the burnt house is estimated at £550,000 or Rs 56804550. Not only this, the person did not even call the fire department after the fire. The husband did not even pay the insurance premium without informing the wife so that the loss due to fire could not be compensated.
Case disclosed in court
The whole matter came to light during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court. The police and fire department told the court that the fire was not accidental, but deliberate. Investigators blamed 75-year-old John McCrory for starting the fire. He said McCurry was unhappy with the auction of his home in Kenford, near Exeter.
drink a lot before setting fire
In this house John McCrory and his wife Hillary lived together for 20 years. He drank heavily before setting the house on fire and later set fire to propane gas cylinders with the help of a blowtorch. After lighting the fire, he sat comfortably on the chair and started drinking again. When the neighbors gathered, he said, ‘I see it burning.’
House sold for 320000 pounds after fire
Investigators told the court that the house was to be sold for £550,000, three days after the fire on June 17. The house was so damaged after the fire that it was recently sold for £320,000. The court was also told that just before the fire broke out, McCrory had prevented his wife from removing belongings from the house.
The accused accepted the role
McCrory pleaded guilty to arson, endangering life, and negligence in court. However, he claimed that the fire broke out accidentally while cleaning the brass door handles in the workshop with a blowtorch. Exeter Crown Court Judge Keith Cutler dismissed McCorry’s claim after hearing investigators’ arguments.