Local fireraiser, 43, put residents at risk by setting fire to front door and doormat

Donna Morrell

A woman who set fire to the front door and doormat of a house — putting the occupants of the property at risk — has been found guilty of wilful fireraising.

Donna Morrell, 43, of Glenogil Drive, Arbroath, appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court.

She was found guilty after trial by a jury of three charges of wilful fireraising.

As a result of her actions, she put the occupants of a building at risk and caused damage to property.

After the two-day trial, the jury found her guilty of, on February 2 last year, at Newbigging Drive, Arbroath, setting fire to the front door and doormat of the house.

The fire took effect, causing extensive fire and smoke damage to items and endangering the safety of the occupants of the block of flats.

Morrell was also found guilty of, on September 22, at the common close at Glenogil Drive, wilfully setting fire to a bin and a door.

The blaze took effect and completely destroyed the bin.

Morrell was also found guilty of, on September 23, at the same common close, wilfully setting a plastic bottle on fire.

The blaze caused the bottle to melt, leaving burn marks on the floor of the close.

Morell had been accused of falsely claiming that her former partner Mark Smith had set fire to her front door and doormat, causing police officers to devote their time and services in the investigation of the allegation made by her, which she knew to be false, and temporarily depriving the public of their services and rendering Mr Smith liable to suspicion and accusation of wilful fireraising.

However, Morrell’s not guilty plea to that charge was accepted by the Crown on the first day of her trial.

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until March 28 with Morrell remanded in custody.