Man ad­mits ar­son and af­fray

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

A MAN who com­mit­ted ar­son and af­fray against his for­mer girl­friend is fac­ing jail.

Shafqaat Hus­sain pleaded guilty to com­mit­ting ar­son at a sa­lon on Black­burn Road in Ac­cring­ton on July 10 this year with in­tent to de­stroy or dam­age the prop­erty and also be­ing reck­less as to whether the life of an­other man would be en­dan­gered.

The 26-year-old also pleaded guilty at Pre­ston Crown Court to af­fray, dan­ger­ous driv­ing on Queens­bor­ough Road in Ac­cring­ton and driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied on April 28 this year.

Pros­e­cu­tor Jeremy Grout-Smith said the vic­tim in both of­fences was Hus­sain’s for­mer girl­friend.

He told the court: “Those pleas are ac­cept­able to the Crown. Th­ese are two sep­a­rate of­fences both in­volv­ing his for­mer girl­friend.

“The more se­ri­ous has to be the of­fence of ar­son.”

Mr Grout-Smith said Hus­sain pleaded guilty to the ar­son on a ba­sis and he will be sen­tenced at Burn­ley Crown Court on De­cem­ber 8.

Shirlie Duck­worth, de­fend­ing Hus­sain, said the ar­son in­ci­dent was com­mit­ted while the de­fen­dant was on bail for the af­fray and driv­ing of­fences.

She told the court: “A psy­cho­log­i­cal re­port has been pre­pared in re­la­tion to the ar­son.

“The ben­e­fit of a pre-sen­tence be­ing pre­pared by the pro­ba­tion ser­vice would be lim­ited only to an as­sess­ment of dan­ger­ous­ness.

“It’s con­ceded that an im­me­di­ate cus­to­dial sen­tence is in­evitable in this case.”

Hus­sain, of Onslow Road, Stock­port, was re­manded into cus­tody.

Fire dam­age at the prop­erty on Black­burn Road in Ac­cring­ton (inset) caused by Shafqaat Hus­sain

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