A woman who committed arson at her Rhyl flat, for the second time, has been told by a judge that she "did it for thrills".

Jessica Jones, 27, said to be a vulnerable woman with mental health issues, was jailed for 16 months.

But Mold Crown Court was told that there was no link between her mental health difficulties and her offending.

A judge told her that she attempted to set fire to her house after she had taken spice, cannabis and ecstasy, which she had told a probation officer, she took every day.

It occurred when she was on a suspended prison sentence for a previous arson outside her home.

Jones, of Bro Deg in Rhyl, admitted arson, on a reckless basis, after she left paper burning on a lit hob in her kitchen.

She went to a friend's house but a neighbour alerted by a smoke alarm went in and put the fire out with water.

Damage valued at £500 was caused to the kitchen, owned by The Clwyd Alyn Housing Association.

Judge Niclas Parry told her: "You behaved in this way for thrills."

He said that back in July 2017 she in drink committed arson when a fence had been set on fire.

A 26 week prison sentence was changed on appeal to a suspended prison sentence.

"It appears that the original sentence may have been the appropriate one," he said.

Despite all the help she had been given while on supervision, she had under the influence of alcohol tried to set fire to her home.

A can of WD40 was near the scene where burning paper had been left on a cooker, although there was no evidence that the WD40 had been used as an accelerant.

There were burn marks on the carpet near the door indicative of another attempt to cause arson.

The offence occurred when she left the gas on putting her neighbours in danger.

But a brave neighbour went in and extinguished the fire.

It was alleged that while the defendant was being interviewed by a probation officer, she found the matter amusing and was making light of safety advice.

But the judge said that in view of her vulnerability he took the view that she had found it difficult to engage with the probation officer.

She did it for thrills, she had no regard for her own safety or that of her neighbours, and was rightly considered a high risk of harm to the public.

It could not be right to impose a community order which he said would be unrealistic.

He said it had been suggested that she should be offered assistance but she had received that before.

He took into account that the damage was not significant and there had been no injuries,

Prosecuting barrister Richard Edwards said that on July 30 last year the defendant left a piece of paper burning on the store before leaving the house.

Neighbour martin Collin was alerted by the fire alarm, went in and was able to extinguish the fire with water.

Police arrived to find about ten neighbours outside the property who were obviously concerned about what had happened.

The defendant was found in a neighbouring house and initially said that she had done nothing wrong.

She told how she had drunk two or three bottles of wine and indicated that she believed she had turned the hob off when she left.

Defending barrister Jo Maxwell said that her client was particular vulnerable who had been diagnosed with depression and she was on the autistic spectrum.

She was on medication and was responding well to the medication and counselling she was receiving.

But she did not respond particularly well to challenges in her life and she had been through a particularly difficult two years and had attempted to take her own life.

The housing association were willing to help her find alternative accommodation.

She was keen to explain that there must have been a misunderstanding when it was said in her pre-sentence report that she smirked and found it amusing when the circumstances of the offence were discussed.