Ar­son­ist in petrol at­tack as fam­ily slept up­stairs

Para­noid schiz­o­phrenic chose home ‘at ran­dom’

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­son@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JonMacMEN

APARANOID schiz­o­phrenic who launched a ran­dom ar­son at­tack on a fam­ily home has been de­tained un­der the Men­tal Health Act.

Mo­hammed Sajid Hus­sain smashed a win­dow and threw a petrol can and a lit piece of pa­per in­side as the fam­ily and a young tot slept up­stairs.

The court heard that Hus­sain didn’t know the fam­ily and it was a com­pletely ran­dom at­tack.

When Philip Ken­rick, who lived at the house, came down­stairs he poured a pan of wa­ter over the flames be­fore call­ing the emer­gency ser­vices to the house on Lodge Street, Ac­cring­ton.

Po­lice later found a long-han­dled axe, two pa­per ta­pers which smelled of ac­cel­er­ant and car­rier bags.

Hus­sain, 35, of Whal­ley Road, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty to ar­son be­ing reck­less as to whether life would be en­dan­gered fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent at 7.30am on Au­gust 30, 2015. The court heard Hus­sain ini­tially de­nied the of­fences when he was twice in­ter­viewed by po­lice in 2015 and 2016.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read out at court, Mr Ken­rick said he ‘no longer wanted to live at the prop­erty’ and ‘felt un­safe in his home ad­dress’.

‘You made him feel un­safe’

APARANOID schiz­o­phrenic who launched an ‘un­pro­voked’ ar­son at­tack on a fam­ily home has been de­tained un­der the Men­tal Health Act.

Mo­hammed Sajid Hus­sain used an axe to smash the rear of a house on Lodge Street in Ac­cring­ton be­fore throw­ing a plas­tic petrol can and a lit piece of pa­per in­side.

Burn­ley Crown Court heard Philip Ken­rick was asleep in the prop­erty with his part­ner and a young child and were wo­ken by a ‘loud smash’.

Hus­sain, 35, of Whal­ley Road, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty to ar­son be­ing reck­less as to whether life would be en­dan­gered.

Judge Sara Dodd said it was a ‘ com­pletely ran- dom’ at­tack, as nei­ther Hus­sain nor the oc­cu­pants were known to each other, and is­sued a hospi­tal or­der un­der the Men­thal Health Act.

Iso­bel Thomas, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court how the in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 7.30am on Au­gust 30, 2015.

When Mr Ken­rick went down­stairs he saw the rear kitchen win­dow had been smashed and found a plas­tic petrol can on the floor with a lit piece of pa­per next to it.

Ms Thomas said he quickly poured a pan of wa­ter over the flames be­fore call­ing the emer­gency ser­vices.

When po­lice ar­rived they found a long-han­dled axe, two fur­ther pa­per ta­pers which smelled of ac­cel­er­ate and car­rier bags.

A glove was found by another of­fi­cer in the mid­dle of Wind­sor Street and was later found to con­tain Hus­sain’s DNA.

The court heard how fi­bres from the gloves were also found on the axe han­dle and the other glove was re­cov­ered from Hus­sain’s home.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read out at court, Mr Ken­rick said he ‘no longer wanted to live at the prop­erty’ and ‘felt un­safe in his home ad­dress’.

Ms Thomas said it was an ‘un­pro­voked at­tack’ and put strain on Mr Ken­rick’s re­la­tion­ship with his part­ner.

Judge Dodd the ‘con­se­quences could have been dev­as­tat­ing’ but ‘mer­ci­fully they were very lim­ited’. Sen­tenc­ing, she said: “For rea­sons which I don’t un­der­stand, and I sus­pect you don’t un­der­stand, you tried to set fire to a home.

“No-one knows why you of­fended like this.

“The im­pact upon Mr Ken­rick has been clearly set out be­fore me.

“You made him feel un­safe in his home.

“I’m satisifed it is ap­pro­pri­ate to make an or­der un­der the Men­tal Health Act.”

Lodge Street in Ac­cring­ton

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