Mum who leapt for her life during blaze 'welcomes sentence'

Monika Konczyk, who was photographed jumping out a window after the nearby Reeves furniture store was set alight by Gordon Thompson, says she thinks his 11-and-a-half year jail term is "good".

Monika Konczyk leaping from her home after a blaze was started at nearby House of Reeves furniture store in August last year.
Monika Konczyk leaping from her home after a blaze was started at nearby House of Reeves furniture store in August last year. Credit: WENN.com

I spoke to Monika in the Poundland store she works at with her sister in Croydon, where she told me she hopes today will be the end of her ordeal.

Monika Konczyk
Monika Konczyk, who survived the blaze during last year's riots.

The photograph of her leaping from a burning building became one of the iconic images of the riots and one of the most critically acclaimed photographs of 2011.

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Riots arsonist jailed for 11 yrs

A looter who has admitted starting a massive fire that destroyed a 140-year-old furniture shop in Croydon during last summer's riots has been jailed for 11 and a half years. Gordon Thompson pleaded guilty to arson and burglary.