Mandurah: Father who ignited a fire in rental home and fled receives more jail for driving with life suspended license

Mandurah: Father who ignited a fire in rental home and fled receives more jail for driving with life suspended license

A FATHER who ignited a fire in the kitchen of his Wannanup rental home was sentenced to more than three years jail on Thursday and received an extra six months yesterday for driving with a life suspended license.

Cameron Ashley Warren (39) was sentenced to three years and four months prison on Thursday for igniting three stovetop gas burners on August 18, 2017, and then fleeing the Wannanup home.

The cost of the damage to the house caused by the fire was about $50,000.

The offence was committed while Warren was on a prison sentence suspended for twelve months.

The suspended sentence was issued in November 2016 for a driving without authority charge.

Warren, who appeared via video link from prison in Mandurah Magistrates Court yesterday , pleaded guilty to six offences including reckless driving and providing misleading personal details to police.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sean Discombe said Warren was spotted riding a Kawasaki motorcycle, without an authorised license, in Coodanup on June 1, 2017.

Another motorcyclist, who had no light and no number plate, was travelling ahead of Warren and a fully marked police car was driving in the left lane.

The first motorcyclist overtook the police car and the police car changed lanes to intercept.

Warren was seen by police with no lights on his motorbike and was lane splitting close to overtaking vehicles on the road.

Police said Warren changed direction and braked heavily, causing him to skid into the rear right of the police car.

Warren continued to ride off in to the centre median strip of the road, lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into the bushes.

He was taken to Peel Health campus and suffered a concussion, grazing and bruising as well as a fractured left hand.

Warren’s drivers license was suspended for life on February 14, 2014 due to a drink driving offence.

Magistrate Anne Longden fined Warren $1500 fine for the breach of bail, driving a vehicle with a forged, replica or false plate on the road and for providing false details to police.

She also sentenced Warren to a six-month accumulative jail term for reckless driving and two counts of driving with suspended authority.

He was issued parole eligibilities.