Woman who admitted manslaughter of neighbour given community service

Karen Hasson (Pic Pacemaker)
Karen Hasson (Pic Pacemaker)

A woman who admitted the manslaughter of her elderly neighbour has been given a combined probation and community service order.

Karen Hasson, 59, of Thorndale Court in Carryduff, admitted manslaughter, saying that she started a fire in her own garage that eventually led to the death of Mr Carson at his bungalow in February of 2014.

The judge in the case, Piers Grant, said that he accepted that Ms Hasson did not start the fire with the intention of killing.

                               Samuel Carson 

It was also acknowledged in court that Ms Hasson was a seriously 'troubled individual' when the fire was started.

The judge also described the two year probation order and 100 hours of community sentence as a "merciful sentence".

Mr Carson was asleep when a fire started by Ms Hasson in her garage after an argument with her husband spread to his home and ignited his oil tank.