Arson + Aggravated Arson
Under section 1(3) of CDA 1971, arson is defined as the intentional or reckless destruction or damage of another party’s property using fire.
AR = The AR for arson is the same as the AR for both ordinary and aggravated criminal damage (refer to the previous section), dependent on circumstances.
MR = intention or recklessness regarding the damage to property by fire (as well as the intention to endanger life through that damage for aggravated arson).
As set out in section 4 of the Act, both arson and aggravated arson carry the maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The defences provided in s5(2) are not applicable to either forms of this offence as highlighted in s5(1).