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Man jailed over jockey blaze deaths

A labourer has been told that he must serve at least seven-and-a-half years in prison for killing two promising young jockeys who died when he torched a flat in a drunken revenge attack.

Peter Brown started a fire after being refused entry to a party at flats in Norton, North Yorkshire, in September last year.

The blaze ripped through the block, killing Jamie Kyne, 18, from Kiltrogue, Co Galway, Ireland, and Jan Wilson, 19, from Forfar, Scotland.

Brown, 37, of Brotherton, North Yorkshire, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter and given an indeterminate sentence for public protection when he appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

Passing sentence, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies said independent assessments had concluded that Brown still poses a significant risk to the public.

In particular, the judge said Brown showed a lack of control when faced by rejection – as demonstrated by his actions on the night of the fire.

She told him: “The offences of which you have been convicted are extremely serious. As a result of your actions, two young people, aged 18 and 19, both of whom had embarked on promising careers in the field of horse racing, lost their lives.

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