Manslaughter accused admits causing house fire that killed Hartlepool dad of three

VICTIM: Andrew Simon
VICTIM: Andrew Simon

A man has admitted causing a house fire that killed a 44-year-old dad.

Paul Nash, 29, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Andrew Simon during a hearing at Teesside Crown Court today.

But the Crown Prosecution Service does not accept Nash’s basis of plea of the circumstances that led to the fire at Mr Simon’s home in Dent Street, Hartlepool, on Tuesday, June 11.

The case was adjourned for three weeks to determine if a special court hearing for a judge to decide the matter will be necessary.

Nash, whose address was given as Holme House Prison, Stockton, was remanded in custody.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon-Bourne Arton, said: “You have had the good sense to plead guilty to this indictment. However, there still remains the issue of the basis of your plea.

“Your solicitor will be coming to prison to discuss that with you.

“You will come back in the week of November 4, in the meantime you are remanded in custody.”

Nash, who wore a white t-shirt, spoke only to confirm his name and to say “guilty” when the charge was put to him.

• See Saturday’s Hartlepool Mail for more details about the crime