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Who are Bethany Lee and Brittany? Three years in prison for twins who threatened to blow up a gas station

Who are Bethany Lee and Brittany? Three years in prison for twins who threatened to blow up a gas station
The twins were threatening to set themselves on fire if authorities got too close when police arrived at the scene.

CANTERBURY, UNITED KINGDOM: Brittany and Bethany Lee, 23, the identical twins who threatened to blow up an Esso petrol station and commit suicide during an altercation with police, have been arrested and recently sentenced to three years and nine months in prison by Canterbury Crown Court.

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On 10 April 2022, the twin sisters doused each other in petrol and threatened an arson attack at Canterbury petrol station on Sturry Road.

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On Friday, July 29, 2022, the women were taken to court where prosecutor Vishal Misra disclosed how the twins intended to oblige and blow up the gas station, according to the Daily Mail. Misra claims the two told police their strategy over a cell phone call. “Bethany Lee has implied that she tried to set herself and the Esso gas station on fire,” he said.

The twins reportedly threatened to set themselves on fire if police got too close when they arrived at the scene 20 minutes later, according to court witnesses. According to Misra, Bethany was seen trying to extinguish a lighter.” However, the twins managed to escape after the lighter malfunctioned, and after a brief pursuit, they were arrested.

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They would not watch the horrifying CCTV footage of the twins’ crime. Video was shown in the courtroom of Brittany and Bethany drunkenly dousing each other with petrol for about five minutes before yelling at the police. “They were in danger of murdering themselves, killing the other sister, or maiming themselves or the other sister, or maiming people in the gas station,” Judge Mark Weekes said. The two frightened the staff at the gas station for almost five minutes before finally turning off the pumps and allowing only the remaining fuel to spill from the nozzles.

The bodycam footage, which was also shown in court, showed the arresting police officers chasing after and arresting the women after they noticed a “strong smell of gasoline”. As the case progressed, Brittany asked to leave the courtroom. According to the evidence presented in court, Bethany has 14 convictions for 26 felonies and Brittany has 26 convictions for 54 felonies, all of which included relatively minor charges such as intoxication and insubordination.

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Judge Mark Weekes describes it as “wanting to draw attention”.

The twins’ actions were “in large part a desire for attention,” according to Judge Mark Weekes. “It must have been a very horrible time for everyone involved,” he continued. Phil Rowley, Bethany’s attorney, stated that his client pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and that she had a “disturbing and difficult early life”.

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Charlotte Oliver, Brittany’s attorney, agreed with Rowley’s observations, adding that the sisters “have developed a negative partnership.