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Man mentally ill when he set Mallaig holiday cottage on fire

A MAN who set fire to a holiday cottage has been acquitted of attempting to murder 11 people after a jury found he was mentally ill at the time of the incident.

On Friday (October 14), a jury found on Friday that Kieran Ridley, 32, was not criminally responsible for his actions at the time he started the blaze at the property in Mallaig in October 2015.

Jurors at the High Court in Edinburgh returned a not guilty verdict on the sixth day of proceedings against Ridley, who originally comes from Worcester in England.

During proceedings, the court heard how Mr Ridley, who worked in IT for a number of City of London finance companies, regularly abused cannabis, cocaine and ketamine. His mental health suffered as a consequence of using narcotics. The court heard how he was diagnosed as suffering from ‘drug induced psychosis’ earlier in 2015.

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