Foster Case - May 2013
In September 2009, as a result of an arson attack, two young jockeys died in a block of flats in Malton, North Yorkshire. The victims were 17 years old and had promising careers ahead of them. It was a matter of luck that others in the flats escaped with their lives. The incident was widely reported in the national and local media for many weeks after the incident.
The arsonist was prosecuted for murder and convicted of manslaughter. The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services commenced prosecution of the owner of premises. Sailesh Mehta of Red Lion Chambers was instructed to represent the Prosecution. This case was the most important case prosecuted by the Fire and Rescue Services in terms of seriousness for many years. It was their most complex case in terms of the volume of papers involved and the number of witnesses.
Mr Foster entered guilty pleas at Leeds Crown Court in April 2013. He was given a prison sentence, which is very rare in such cases. The Crown Court Judge praised the way the Prosecution had been conducted and gave commendations to two senior fire officers at the end of the hearing.Note on Law and Case Law for Sentencing