A man angry at his wife for kicking him out "snapped" and burnt down their family home, killing three pets.
He was sentenced on Friday to three years and three months' jail with a non-parole period of 21 months.
Franklin has already served 591 days in custody on remand and will therefore be eligible for release on parole in about August.
Judge Michael O'Connell said Franklin and the victim purchased a property together in Warrnambool in 2018 and lived there with their three children.
He said the man suffered depression and alcohol abuse, which led to Franklin separating from his wife at her request in October 2019 and the man moving into a caravan at Nullawarre.
The judge said on October 25, Franklin sent text messages to the victim stating he wanted to make her suffer.
The victim did not respond but requested police to conduct a welfare check.
Officers attended the man's caravan and Franklin was admitted to a mental health unit under the Mental Health Act.
The court heard Franklin left the South West Healthcare mental health unit on October 30, 2019, and walked to the family home in Wares Road, arriving at 3.24pm.
Less than five minutes later a neighbour noticed flames coming from the window of the house.
Franklin fled on a motorbike at speeds exceeding 150km/h on the Princes Highway and over 100km/h through roadworks on the Great Ocean Road, and did not stop on police request.
He then returned to the mental health unit.
Judge O'Connell said the man told police he didn't know why he set fire to the house and that he "just snapped".
"You went back to the ward and owed up to what you had done," he said.
"You said you were angry at your wife for kicking you out of the house."
The judge said men aggrieved by their relationship must understand that if they acted in a way that sought to harm their former family, they would be met with the full force of the law.
He said the victim suffered emotional and financial impacts following the offending and was forced to live in a motel room for some time after the house was gutted by fire.
The judge told Franklin the victim "struggled a great deal to provide for your three children", who were still affected by anxiety and insecurity, and missed their "cherished" family pets.
He said Franklin had a disadvantaged upbringing and started drinking alcohol at the age of 10, using cannabis in his late teens and amphetamines in his 20s.
Earlier this week, defence barrister Rohan Lawrence said Franklin was plagued by suicidal thoughts and struggling emotionally at the time of the offending.
He said the fire was not premeditated and that Franklin was aware there was no one inside the house.
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