Naked ar­son men set home on fire dur­ing pa­gan rit­ual

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TWO naked men started a house fire in a pa­gan rit­ual to re­move neg­a­tive vibes.

Ter­ence Wil­liams, 51, and Aftab Mughal, 21, made the blaze at Wil­liams’ house on Oct 21 last year.

The cer­e­mony in­volved burn­ing white sage leaves and med­i­tat­ing to cleanse their souls and was re­lated to Wicca – a mod­ern re­li­gion based on pa­gan tra­di­tion.

A neigh­bour spot­ted smoke com­ing from the house in Not­ting­ham and saw Wil­liams in­side, throw­ing things onto a fire.

Af­ter rais­ing the alarm, he banged on the win­dow to get Wil­liams’ at­ten­tion as flames licked around the naked man.

Mughal was also in­side af­ter go­ing there to seek guid­ance and ad­vice from Wil­liams.

The men later ran up­stairs and away from fire­fight­ers, who had to re­move them from the burn­ing build­ing.

Wil­liams and Mughal re­fused to cover up af­ter be­ing of­fered blan­kets and said their clothes should be burnt to en­hance the rit­ual.

Both men pleaded guilty to ar­son at Not­ting­ham Crown Court and were each sen­tenced to a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der with 120 hours of un­paid work.

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