Rugby woman pleads not guilty to arson after setting light to her boyfriend’s clothes

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A woman accused of starting a fire at her council house home by setting light to her boyfriend’s clothes is to stand trial next year.

Maxine Johnson pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to arson being reckless whether life was endangered.

It is said she started a fire intending to destroy or damage her Rugby Borough Council home in Warwick Road, Wolston, on May 4, or being reckless whether it was damaged.

Johnson, 47, now of Essex Street, Rugby, also pleaded not guilty to assaulting a man by beating him on the same date.

The case was adjourned for trial, which is expected to take place in February next year and to last two days.

Johnson was granted bail with conditions of residence at her current address and that she has no contact with any prosecution witness.