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There could be lots of reasons.
Obviously I will not know which applies.
It might be that your friend is only just being found.
It might be that his friend was sentenced earlier because he pleaded guilty although they would normally adjourn that offer the outcome of your friends trial if he one known about at the time of the guilty plea.
It isn't really possible to tell what happened in this specific case in this forum but I would expect that they have only just identified him
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If this is setting on fire two cars then this is probably not simple arson.
This is either with intent or being reckless as to the endangering of life.
I am sorry but the sentence is going to be years rather than months.
Personal mitigation is considered but it doesn't change the guidelines very much.
The delay of the prosecution might reduce his sentence by six months though.
That is the initial requisition.
They may well amend the charge. His friend didn't get a year for simple arson.
He needs to sort out a solicitor.
No, no, it is fine.
It depends on a number of factors.
Does he have more convictions than his friend?
Depends if it was a simple arson or an aggravated arson. This is a very large amount of damage. I would expect two years plus of which she would serve half