Yob who killed dad by torching his Hartlepool home is due to be sentenced

Paul Nash
Paul Nash

A YOB who killed a 44-year-old man by torching his home will be sentenced later this week.

Paul Nash pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Andrew Simon during a brief hearing at Teesside Crown Court in October.

Mr Simon died after a blaze at his home in Dent Street, Hartlepool, on June 11.

The 44-year-old died from smoke inhalation in the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, shortly after the incident.

Police investigating the death later revealed that Mr Simon suffered years of abuse at the hands of drug users and yobs who used his home to carry out their destructive habits.

He had lived at the address for the last three years and struggled daily with mental health problems.

He was routinely visited by a community psychiatric nurse due to his condition.

But other visitors plagued his life as his home became a regular haunt for local drug users.

Police say they were frequently called to the dad-of-three’s home due to arguments, noise and drug and alcohol issues.

Police chiefs say they had been working with Hartlepool Borough Council to find a solution to the problem.

Nash was caught on CCTV walking down Dent Street and going into Andrew’s home at 12.31am on the fateful morning.

A fire was then started on the settee in the front room.

Mr Simon was found by firefighters on the landing of the terraced house after being overcome by the smoke billowing from his living room.

He was dad to John, 24, Matthew, 22, and Jessica, 18. All three children now live in Wales.

Nash, 29, finally admitted starting the blaze four months to the day that Mr Simon was killed.

Nash, whose address was given as Holme House Prison, Stockton, has been remanded in custody since his last court appearance and will appear before a judge at Teeside Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced.