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A KALGOORLIE, WEST AUSTRALIA, COUPLE PLEADED GUILTY Friday to committing a string of arson attacks on homes, businesses and abandoned cars over a period of more than a year. They gave no explanation for their actions that apparently were done simply for the thrill of it.
Alan Robert Sloane, 32, and Rebecca Louise Sloane, 29 admitted in court to at least 19 arsons, all committed at random on nighttime larks. Their evenings would begin with hiring a babysitter to watch their 2-yr.-old twins while they went out for dinner. Following their meal they would drive around and look for likely targets to set alight.
Alan and Rebecca Sloane leaving their arraignment hearing
in November at Magistrate's Court in Perth.
Mr Sloane pleaded guilty to 19 charges of damaging property by fire including two when he threw molotov cocktails through open house windows in South Kalgoorlie.
He regularly lit fires for more than six months before his wife realised what was happening. Mrs Sloane then started driving her husband around Kalgoorlie Boulder late at night looking for things for him to burn, including cars, a caravan and an industrial bin.
She pleaded guilty to seven counts of arson though she never struck a match herself. Ms Sloane made no attempt to stop her husband's arson.
It was brought out in court that the Sloane's nocturnal sparking has been going on for more than a year. The article continues:
On January 10 last year Mr Sloane was walking in South Kalgoorlie at 11pm when he saw an open window so he lit the curtain. The occupants put the flames out.
On January 23 and 26 he threw molotov cocktails through open windows and on February 6 dropped lit newspapers into a yard.
Another time he used methanol to set an abandoned house on fire. He also stole a car from his work, drove it into bush and set it alight.
Rebecca Sloane has been remanded on bail but her husband is being retained in custody until their sentencing in April. They are both facing a possibility of life sentences.
Their arrests last November were the culmination of a 9-month task force investigation dubbed Operation Twain that was looking into a string of more than 40 arsons in the area.
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