ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE OF EARLIER SERIES OF FIRES

A conviction for arson in relation to a series of fires was safe where evidence of an earlier series of fires had been admitted. Although evidence of the earlier fires was not admissible to prove the defendant’s propensity to set fires, it was admissible to establish the pattern and progression of offending upon which the prosecution relied to prove the identity of the fire raiser.

[2012] EWCA Crim 1569