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By Rowlands & Hames - 22 May 2015
Mr Justin Hindry has been jailed for 6 years following a four week trial at Norwich Crown Court. He was found guilty of charges relating to arson and fraud by false representation, following a fire at his Aylsham Bathroom and Kitchen Centre on 27 June 2012. Mr Hindry’s business was completely destroyed by the fire, with the blaze causing substantial damage to his premises and stock, as well as to neighbouring properties.
The premise had been alarmed at the time of the fire and there were only a small number of key holders who knew the code to deactivate the alarm. According to the experts there appeared to be no fault with the alarm. Mr Hindry was seen by witnesses at the premise after the alarm was set and deactivated, and prior to it being reset once the fire had started. Mobile phone data also showed he was not in nearby Reepham as he claimed in police interview, but was still in Aylsham at the time of the fire.
Fraud investigators discovered Mr Hindry’s income from the business did not support his outgoings and lifestyle. The business was struggling with a number of creditors pursuing payment and it was also discovered that Mr Hindry was an active gambler, losing approximately £50,000 at casinos in the last two years.
Detective Sergeant Darren Reade, from the Great Yarmouth CID, led the investigation into the offences and welcomed the sentence saying, “Justin Hindry thought to con emergency services, detectives and his insurance company by setting fire to his struggling business to make money out of the claim. He also deceived his own staff, many of whom had supported him throughout the investigation. His complete disregard for the law and the danger it placed others in, is shocking and his conviction will serve as a warning to others who are considering making money in this way.”
"The severity of the crimes support the custodial sentence and should act as a deterrent to those who see insurance fraud as a victimless crime. It is encouraging that the police shared the Insurers’ view that such disregard for the law should not go unpunished. Unfortunately, Mr Hindry made the wrong decision when faced with a failing business and mounting debt, and will presumably regret that decision for the rest of his life."
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