Terror at petrol ‘revenge attack’

Champion Child nomination, Paige Roden from Airedale.'p3456b043
Champion Child nomination, Paige Roden from Airedale.'p3456b043

A woman poured petrol on her former neighbour’s drive in a “revenge attack,” a court heard.

Sofia Taylor, of Market Street, Featherstone, admitted pouring petrol outside Susan Roden’s family home in Fryston Road, Airedale.

Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday that Ms Roden’s disabled 14-year-old daughter Paige was asleep in the house at the time of the incident at around 10.15pm on August 19 .

Karen Medley, prosecuting, told the court Taylor got a taxi from her home to Airedale and on the way called at a petrol station and bought petrol and a lighter.

She poured petrol on the Rodens’ driveway but was stopped from igniting it by the taxi driver.

Mrs Medley said Taylor previously lived on Fryston Road and “there had been issues between her and the complainant in the past”.

She said: “The defendant said it was a revenge attack after falling out with Ms Roden 20 months ago.”

Taylor, who had pleaded guilty to one charge of affray at an earlier hearing, was given a psychiatric hospital order and a restraining order.

Ruth Gill, mitigating, said Taylor fully admitted the offence during police interview and had asked police for psychiatric help.

Mrs Gill added: “It’s good that this matter can be finalised and she can get the treatment she needs.

“It’s best for everyone that the treatment starts as soon as possible.”

Speaking after the hearing Ms Roden said her family had been very distressed since the incident.

Ms Roden, 41, said: “It was terrifying. We haven’t been able to sleep and have been living on edge ever since it happened.

“Paige, who has who has mitochondrial disorder which affects the function of cells, has a lot of specialist equipment and if the petrol had been ignited she would not have been able to get out of the house.

“We shouldn’t have had to live like this at all.”

Vera Smallwood, Paige’s grandmother, added: “The hearing has offered some closure but doesn’t take away what happened.

“She could have killed my daughter and grandchildren that night.”