By Eloise Horsfield

IT has taken an incredible 12 years for justice to prevail.

But a Malaga man has finally been given six months in prison and ordered to pay 1.5 million euros in compensation for causing a fire that razed a large area of Estepona and Casares in 2000.

The blaze – that destroyed 176 hectares – began when the man ordered workmen to cut through metal tubes with a chainsaw while trying to repair an electricity pylon.

Many expats had to be evacuated and one Briton’s home was completely destroyed.

Meanwhile, in Nerja a 60-year-old retired Guardia Civil officer has been arrested for starting a dozen fires around Maro and Cerro Gordo in October 2011.