Jealous arsonist avoids jail

A JILTED Launceston lover torched the home of her two- timing partner, a court has heard.

Rose Kerrison, 25, was yesterday sentenced to one year in jail, wholly suspended, after pleading guilty to arson.

After seeing her partner of a few months out with another woman, Kerrison decided to make him pay, the Launceston Supreme Court heard yesterday.

She travelled to his West Launceston home just after midnight on September 9.

The property was divided into four flats, one of which was occupied by her lover.

On finding he wasn't there, a drunk Kerrison entered the unit and set fire to a jacket which she threw on the bed.

She then set fire to a curtain, which was ablaze when she left.

The fire caused $42,000 damage and rendered the flat uninhabitable.

He partner lost $3000 in personal belongings.

Justice Robert Pearce said one the most troubling aspects of the case was that the other units were all occupied at the time.

"Without understating the seriousness of the damage caused, it is most fortunate the fire did not spread to the adjoining units," he said.

" The damage to life and property could have been catastrophic."

Justice Pearce ordered Kerrison undertake 175 hours of community service while serving her suspended sentence.

A compensation order was also made with the value to be determined at a later date.