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Last Updated: Friday, 14 May, 2004, 11:16 GMT 12:16 UK
Appeal date for arson shopkeeper
Swansea Crown Court
Malkit Chand was convicted by a jury at Swansea Crown Court
A shopkeeper who was jailed for four years for setting fire to her own shop in Carmarthenshire and blaming it on racists is to appeal.

Malkit Chand was found guilty of arson following a trial at Swansea Crown Court in January 2003.

The Hill Top Stores she ran with her husband Darshan in Burry Port, near Llanelli, was extensively damaged during the blaze on New Year's 2001.

Police found racist slogans daubed onto the back of the shop and a swastika had been painted nearby.

Chand maintained he innocence throughout the trial.

The full appeal will be heard in London on 28 May.


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