Sherwood arson trial: Accused denies charges

By sherdley  |  Posted: October 29, 2014

By Rebecca Sherdley

Nottingham Crown Court

Nottingham Crown Court

       Arson accused Melanie Shaw choked back tears as she told a jury she did not start a shed fire or write offensive graffiti on a neighbour’s door and wall in Sherwood.
Shaw went on trial at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, October 28, accused of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered on February 1 and damaging property at the same house on June 26.
The 44-year-old, of Bonnington Crescent, Sherwood, was charged after her neighbours, a family of five, fled from their home after one of their sheds was set alight and rude words penned on a wall referring to their 12-year-old daughter.
The writing was allegedly Shaw’s, who prosecutors say, bore a grudge against the mother at the house and had threatened her before.
Four months later church-going Shaw is said to have attacked the family’s home again – after paint was thrown on a door and wall of the house.
But Shaw has denied the allegations or that she had a problem with the family.
Adrian Reynolds, defending, asked her on October 29: “Did you start the fire?”
She replied: “Absolutely not.”
He asked if she had written the words on the front of the family’s home and she again denied she had, saying: “As God be my witness, as a member of Southwell diocese for four years, absolutely not.”
Mr Reynolds told her: “We know somebody on March 26 slashed the tyres of a car on Bonnington Crescent, was that you?”
She told him: “No”.
He went on to ask her about the paint that was daubed on the front of her neighbour’s house, and again asked if that had been her, and she firmly told him “not at all”.
Prosecutor Siward James Moore said photos taken of graffiti on the wall and an example of the defendant’s handwriting were sent to a forensic document examiner and found to support the proposition it was her handwriting.
After the paint attack in June, he also said a brown bin bag with paint inside was found in the garden in bushes and Shaw’s fingerprint was on the outside.
Inside her home were eight to nine tins of paint and bin bags.
He had said the Crown’s case was Shaw bore a grudge against the woman at the house and graffiti had been left on the house targeting her and her family.
The trial continues

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