Abertillery arsonist has prison term reduced

First published in Gwent news

AN ABERTILLERY man who tried to kill himself in a house fire, putting the lives of a family next door at risk, has had his prison sentence slashed on appeal.

Mathew Jay Hayman, 27, of Princess Street, set fire to clothes in his bathroom after failing in a bid to gas himself with a cooker - because he had not paid his bill.

Firefighters were called and put out the flames, but Hayman was arrested and jailed at Newport Crown Court in January for reckless arson and breaching two community orders.

Last week, he appealed against his three years and ten months sentence and saw it slashed to three years by three of the country's top judges.

Lady Justice Macur, who heard the appeal with Mrs Justice Nicola Davies and Judge Nicholas Cooke QC, said the original term was "excessive".

The court heard Hayman had had an argument with his partner in October last year and demanded that she pack her bags.

He went to speak to her later that night, but was told to go away and became upset.

In a phone call, he told his father he knew he was a disappointment to the family and that he would be better off dead.

But when he let slip that he had already lit a fire downstairs, Hayman's dad sprung into action and drove to his son's home.

It was already filling with smoke when he arrived and firefighters were called.

Hayman said he had not intended for anyone to be hurt but himself.

He had been "wallowing in self-misery", said the appeal judge, but was still guilty of a criminal offence, whatever his intentions.

"The criminality is that there was danger to others," she continued. "Smoke kills."

Appealing, lawyers for Hayman argued that the fact he had not used an accelerant and that he had warned his dad about the fire were mitigating features.

Giving judgment, Lady Justice Macur cut the overall sentence to three years.

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8:21am Mon 23 Jun 14

taffygwent says...

What a farce
What a farce taffygwent
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8:31am Mon 23 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

At 27 will he improve? sounds like a danger to the public. Who'd want him next door?
At 27 will he improve? sounds like a danger to the public. Who'd want him next door? Dai Rear
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10:14am Mon 23 Jun 14

golfer says...

I'm sure those judges won't have him next to their house ..so he's let free to do did again ..this law of land is not right .
I'm sure those judges won't have him next to their house ..so he's let free to do did again ..this law of land is not right . golfer
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8:02pm Mon 23 Jun 14

cerysyemm xx says...

yes what a farce, a 27 year old man who has been neglected and mis treated by both health care and police! he is not a danger to any one! the argus have repeatidly printed lies about mathew and need to get their fact right!!!! he has tried to get help since he was about 13/14 . . just before the incident in question he begged for help while visiting mental health doctor and was told he would never be helped he is just a bad person. he had begged for help for 10 years, he did not want to or would not hurt anyone , please stop you r pathetic comment about living next door , he is a polite, caring nice young man that needed help !
yes what a farce, a 27 year old man who has been neglected and mis treated by both health care and police! he is not a danger to any one! the argus have repeatidly printed lies about mathew and need to get their fact right!!!! he has tried to get help since he was about 13/14 . . just before the incident in question he begged for help while visiting mental health doctor and was told he would never be helped he is just a bad person. he had begged for help for 10 years, he did not want to or would not hurt anyone , please stop you r pathetic comment about living next door , he is a polite, caring nice young man that needed help ! cerysyemm xx
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1:22am Tue 24 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

cerysyemm xx wrote:
yes what a farce, a 27 year old man who has been neglected and mis treated by both health care and police! he is not a danger to any one! the argus have repeatidly printed lies about mathew and need to get their fact right!!!! he has tried to get help since he was about 13/14 . . just before the incident in question he begged for help while visiting mental health doctor and was told he would never be helped he is just a bad person. he had begged for help for 10 years, he did not want to or would not hurt anyone , please stop you r pathetic comment about living next door , he is a polite, caring nice young man that needed help !
I'm guessing you don't live next door to him. I don't think anyone wishes to inspire pathos about someone who could easily have killed. Your attitude, that it's all someone else's fault is as unhelpful to him, if he's to be rehabilitated, as it is silly.
[quote][p][bold]cerysyemm xx[/bold] wrote: yes what a farce, a 27 year old man who has been neglected and mis treated by both health care and police! he is not a danger to any one! the argus have repeatidly printed lies about mathew and need to get their fact right!!!! he has tried to get help since he was about 13/14 . . just before the incident in question he begged for help while visiting mental health doctor and was told he would never be helped he is just a bad person. he had begged for help for 10 years, he did not want to or would not hurt anyone , please stop you r pathetic comment about living next door , he is a polite, caring nice young man that needed help ![/p][/quote]I'm guessing you don't live next door to him. I don't think anyone wishes to inspire pathos about someone who could easily have killed. Your attitude, that it's all someone else's fault is as unhelpful to him, if he's to be rehabilitated, as it is silly. Dai Rear
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12:56pm Tue 24 Jun 14

ollie72 says...

Dai Rear wrote:
cerysyemm xx wrote: yes what a farce, a 27 year old man who has been neglected and mis treated by both health care and police! he is not a danger to any one! the argus have repeatidly printed lies about mathew and need to get their fact right!!!! he has tried to get help since he was about 13/14 . . just before the incident in question he begged for help while visiting mental health doctor and was told he would never be helped he is just a bad person. he had begged for help for 10 years, he did not want to or would not hurt anyone , please stop you r pathetic comment about living next door , he is a polite, caring nice young man that needed help !
I'm guessing you don't live next door to him. I don't think anyone wishes to inspire pathos about someone who could easily have killed. Your attitude, that it's all someone else's fault is as unhelpful to him, if he's to be rehabilitated, as it is silly.
To be fair Dai, the poster doesn't seem to be excusing the guy for lighting the fire and endangering anyone - more that he has been trying to get help from the system, and didn't get it.

Even if you ignore the personal side of this, and look from a purely financial point of view, would it have been cheaper for society if he had been listened to and counselled or medicated? Surely that would have worked out cheaper than the fire service's time, the court cost, the cost of imprisoning him?
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cerysyemm xx[/bold] wrote: yes what a farce, a 27 year old man who has been neglected and mis treated by both health care and police! he is not a danger to any one! the argus have repeatidly printed lies about mathew and need to get their fact right!!!! he has tried to get help since he was about 13/14 . . just before the incident in question he begged for help while visiting mental health doctor and was told he would never be helped he is just a bad person. he had begged for help for 10 years, he did not want to or would not hurt anyone , please stop you r pathetic comment about living next door , he is a polite, caring nice young man that needed help ![/p][/quote]I'm guessing you don't live next door to him. I don't think anyone wishes to inspire pathos about someone who could easily have killed. Your attitude, that it's all someone else's fault is as unhelpful to him, if he's to be rehabilitated, as it is silly.[/p][/quote]To be fair Dai, the poster doesn't seem to be excusing the guy for lighting the fire and endangering anyone - more that he has been trying to get help from the system, and didn't get it. Even if you ignore the personal side of this, and look from a purely financial point of view, would it have been cheaper for society if he had been listened to and counselled or medicated? Surely that would have worked out cheaper than the fire service's time, the court cost, the cost of imprisoning him? ollie72
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1:07pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Yes. Accessing mental health services is hard to do: there's not enough money for everything desirable and we aren't ever going to be allowed a debate about priorities. I personally feel that the amount spent on treating people at my end of life is probably disproportionate to that spent on those who have a lot of life left. Nevertheless had he been unfit to plead things would have taken a different course and well-wishers chorusing "it's not your fault dear" are not going to help him come to terms with the world as it is when he is released after 18 months. He appears to be no stranger to the courts so those "well-wishers" have clearly not served him in the past.
Yes. Accessing mental health services is hard to do: there's not enough money for everything desirable and we aren't ever going to be allowed a debate about priorities. I personally feel that the amount spent on treating people at my end of life is probably disproportionate to that spent on those who have a lot of life left. Nevertheless had he been unfit to plead things would have taken a different course and well-wishers chorusing "it's not your fault dear" are not going to help him come to terms with the world as it is when he is released after 18 months. He appears to be no stranger to the courts so those "well-wishers" have clearly not served him in the past. Dai Rear
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1:20pm Wed 25 Jun 14

cerysyemm xx says...

nobody is saying its ok dear thank you DAI REAR !! and yes i would live next door to him, i live with him he is my partner, and i do not appreciate what you are saying , he knows what he done was wrong, but at that exact moment he wanted to die, and didnt think about anything else, he had tried so many time to end his life, and begged and pleaded for help fom a very young age, and never got it, and then began to beleive he was just a bad person, but hes not hes a caring , loving, family person who needs help, he is not a patho as u say , i find it ignorant of u to say that, he was remourseful as soon as the incident took place . all he needed and wanted was help to be what society saty is 'normal' thank you OLLIE72 nice to know not all the public are ignorant and uneducated, mental health is impossible and they have let my partner down time after time , so no there isnt more help for younger people there isnt any at all . . . he's never needed rehabilitation he needed help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!
nobody is saying its ok dear thank you DAI REAR !! and yes i would live next door to him, i live with him he is my partner, and i do not appreciate what you are saying , he knows what he done was wrong, but at that exact moment he wanted to die, and didnt think about anything else, he had tried so many time to end his life, and begged and pleaded for help fom a very young age, and never got it, and then began to beleive he was just a bad person, but hes not hes a caring , loving, family person who needs help, he is not a patho as u say , i find it ignorant of u to say that, he was remourseful as soon as the incident took place . all he needed and wanted was help to be what society saty is 'normal' thank you OLLIE72 nice to know not all the public are ignorant and uneducated, mental health is impossible and they have let my partner down time after time , so no there isnt more help for younger people there isnt any at all . . . he's never needed rehabilitation he needed help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! cerysyemm xx
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3:20pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

"he is not a patho as u say , i find it ignorant of u to say that"
I didn't say anyone was a "patho". I don't know what the word (if it is a word) means. Do you? I'm not "ignorant" I read a report of a person who set a fire in a terraced house without thought of the consequences. If there are facts beyond that of which the newspaper item speaks and of which you are aware please feel free to say them. Subject to that, I know of no evidence that people intending to commit suicide ignore the interests of other members of the public.
"he is not a patho as u say , i find it ignorant of u to say that" I didn't say anyone was a "patho". I don't know what the word (if it is a word) means. Do you? I'm not "ignorant" I read a report of a person who set a fire in a terraced house without thought of the consequences. If there are facts beyond that of which the newspaper item speaks and of which you are aware please feel free to say them. Subject to that, I know of no evidence that people intending to commit suicide ignore the interests of other members of the public. Dai Rear
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3:35pm Wed 25 Jun 14

cerysyemm xx says...

we are not well wishers either we are his family and partner that have been there and supported him when no 1 else would so shut up with ur nonsense !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
we are not well wishers either we are his family and partner that have been there and supported him when no 1 else would so shut up with ur nonsense !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cerysyemm xx
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3:43pm Wed 25 Jun 14

cerysyemm xx says...

shows how little u know of mental health the and sufferers of it so yes you are ignorant, there is plenty of evidence i have personally lived wih it for years and it heartbreaking to see someone crumble and chip away in front of u coz hes been constantly ignored . someone who is intent on dying thats all they think about no they dont think of anything else that is a very stupid comment, yes argus have printed inncorrect info and havent put the whole story , the latest article mentions 2 community orders?!! lies, DAI i hope nothing bad happens to someone u love and they end up suffering from mental health as i wouldnt wish it on anyone but maybe then you would see. im not going to say any more but that patho is obviously 10 x the person you are again ignorant , uneducated , judgemental absolutely sickens me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!
shows how little u know of mental health the and sufferers of it so yes you are ignorant, there is plenty of evidence i have personally lived wih it for years and it heartbreaking to see someone crumble and chip away in front of u coz hes been constantly ignored . someone who is intent on dying thats all they think about no they dont think of anything else that is a very stupid comment, yes argus have printed inncorrect info and havent put the whole story , the latest article mentions 2 community orders?!! lies, DAI i hope nothing bad happens to someone u love and they end up suffering from mental health as i wouldnt wish it on anyone but maybe then you would see. im not going to say any more but that patho is obviously 10 x the person you are again ignorant , uneducated , judgemental absolutely sickens me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! cerysyemm xx
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