WINNIPEG — When police arrested Louise Blyth for setting fire to a Winnipeg rooming house, she made her intentions clear: She wanted her cheating boyfriend dead.
“My attempt was to murder him,” Blyth told police following her Aug. 5, 2012 arrest. “I was doing you guys a favor by burning the house down.”
Seven months pregnant and high on pills and weed, Blyth was not thinking straight and was later “shocked” to learn what she had said, defence lawyer Saheel Zaman told court Monday.
“Her intention in rational thought was not to harm anybody,” Zaman said. “People say stupid things when they are not of a rational mind ... That doesn’t mean that was her intent.”
Blyth, 29, was originally charged with three counts of attempted murder.
Court heard Blyth learned on Facebook another woman was pregnant with her boyfriend’s child when later that same day she poured gasoline outside one of the rooming house windows and a rear exit and ignited it.