AN ARSONIST has appeared at magistrates' court for sentencing after causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to property.

Jeremi Ian John Kingston-Stevens, 24, of St James Street in Penzance appeared in front of magistrates at Bodmin Magistrates' Court on Friday, June 10 on one count of arson.

The offence took place in Penzance on Thursday, April 21 when Kingston-Stevens damaged signage, security lights, floors, a wall and ceilings with fire whilst intending to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged.

The total damage came to the value of £716.55.

Kingston-Stevens indicated a plea of guilty when he appeared in court on Monday, May 23.

During his sentencing this month, Kingston-Stevens was made the subject of a community order in which he must abstain from consuming any alcohol throughout a period of 120 days as well as submit to arrangements for monitoring.

He must also participate in an accredited programme for 19 days and participate in a rehabilitation activity as required for up to a maximum of ten days.

Alongside the community order, Kingston-Stevens was made to pay compensation of £800 and pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £95 as well as pay costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The court noted how Kingston-Stevens' guilty plea was taken into account when imposing the sentence.