A Winnipeg woman who set fire to her boyfriend's house believing he was cheating should serve five years in prison, a Manitoba prosecutor argued Monday.
Louise Blyth, 29, is in court for sentencing on a charge of arson, endangering life dating back to her violent outburst on the night of Aug. 5, 2012.
Blyth, a mother of five, has no criminal record and has been in custody since the morning she drove to a Magnus Avenue rooming house to confront her boyfriend.
At the time she was seven months pregnant with his child and learned earlier in the day through Facebook he was cheating on her.
"Jealousy or not, this is no reason to set a house on fire," Crown attorney Bruce Sychuk said.
Blyth took a brick and tossed it through the window of the suite he lived in before dousing the window frame with gasoline and lighting it — just feet from where a woman was sleeping.
She then set a fire at another doorway.
Seven people inside the rooming house at the time managed to escape, but three of them — including Blyth's boyfriend — had to jump seven feet to safety from a second-floor window, court heard.
Blyth then started chasing the man on foot. Police and fire crews showed up and arrested Blyth, who was noted to be very belligerent and aggressive. She was intoxicated by prescription medications at the time, her defence lawyer concedes.
"I burned that… guy's house and I'm happy," she told the arresting officer. "If somebody cheated on you, you would hurt that person too," police noted her as saying.
The Crown stayed an attempted murder charge after it became clear she didn't have the state of mind to commit that specific crime.
The sentencing continues this afternoon in front of provincial court judge Robin Finlayson.