Man found guilty of setting fire to his family business

A Norfolk man who set fire to his family business in Aylsham has been found guilty of arson and insurance fraud.

Justin Hindry, of Manor Farm Close, in Drayton was convicted at Norwich Crown Court by a jury who reached a unanimous verdict.

It follows a four-week trial during which the court heard Hindry had set fire to the Aylsham Bathroom and Kitchen Centre on 27th June 2012 before going on to make a fraudulent insurance claim for the blaze.

The 40-year-old had also denied two further counts of arson and fraud in relation to a separate incident at Haven Seashore Holiday Park, Yarmouth, in November 2011. He was cleared of these charges.

The fire back in June 2012 Credit: Graham Lewis

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.”

– Detective Sergeant Darren Reade, Yarmouth CID

“The crimes committed by Mr Hindry were extremely serious and we believe that severity of his prison sentence reflects this. His attempt to scam Allianz for a significant sum of money also put the lives of the general public in danger and we are pleased this has been recognised.

“This judgment is good news for insurance industry and ultimately honest policyholders, whose premiums are unfortunately impacted by the actions of dishonest fraudsters. It also demonstrates that we have the appropriate measures in place to identify fraudulent activity and work with the police to bring people like Mr Hindry to justice.”

– Martin Saunders, divisional claims manager, Allianz Insurance

Hindry has been remanded in custody while the case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports. He will be sentenced at a later date.