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Friday, 23 November 2007, 16:59 GMT
Man guilty of house arson attack

A roofer has been found guilty of setting fire to his estranged wife's house after a drink-fuelled row.

Gary Hooley, 50, was convicted by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

Hooley, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, started the fire after rowing with his wife Michelle at a pub party.

Jurors cleared him of arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered. Reports were ordered and he will be sentenced at a later date.

The eight men and four women took just an hour to reach their verdict. Hooley was remanded in custody.