Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 3°C

Search

Arsonist jailed for “ugly, violent and spiteful” offences against disabled man in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 14:31 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:31 28 September 2018

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT

A man who tried to start a fire at the home of a disabled Ipswich man after they fell out about money has been jailed for 18 months.

Daniel Bird sprinkled petrol on a carpet next to the front door of Simon Bezant’s flat in St Peter’s Street, Ipswich, and was seen trying to ignite it with a lighter, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Joanne Eley, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Bezant was registered disabled as a result of a number of health issues, including epilepsy and osteoporosis, and used a walking frame.

He and Bird had been friends but had fallen out about money during 2017.

On November 7 Bird went to the flat and told Mr Bezant: “I want my money. You don’t know what I’m capable of.”

Bird had been agitated and pacing around and said he could kill someone, said Miss Eley.

He left the premises but returned later and when Mr Bezant’s friend Colin Lassman answered a knock at the door he saw Bird standing there with a bottle.

Mr Lassman could smell petrol and noticed that the carpet near the door was soaking wet and heard Bird say: “I’m going to set light to this and burn him.”

He then saw Bird trying to ignite a lighter in close proximity to the petrol soaked carpet.

Miss Eley said that during the incident Bird had punched Mr Lassman in the face with a clenched fist and pushed Mr Bezant out of the way.

He had also melted a panic alarm belonging to Mr Bezant in a microwave oven.

Bird, 39, of Oulton Road North, Oulton, admitted arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered and two offences of assault by beating.

Jailing him for 18 months Judge David Goodin described the offences as “ugly, violent and spiteful”.

He said Mr Bezant had some disabilities and required a walking frame to get about.

“What you did could have had disastrous consequences but fortunately it didn’t,” he said.

Daniel Taylor for Bird said his client had no previous convictions and had committed the offence while his mind was warped by a cocktail of drink and drugs.

He said Bird had made a terrible mistake but fortunately no-one had been harmed.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

A decision on whether a new Suffolk council will pursue ‘borough’ status will not be made until at least later next year, it has been decided.

A Suffolk man has plead guilty to causing injury by dangerous driving at Ipswich Magistrates court today after a woman was left with life threatening injuries following a car crash on the A1120.

There is good news for bargain hunters in Stowmarket as a discount store bids to make a return to the town.

Fire crews from Colchester and Wivenhoe have been called out to a bedroom fire in Colchester this evening.

A ground-breaking tech company that recently relocated from Cambridge to Suffolk has been working with University of Essex researchers on technology designed to make our online data safer.

From its ‘Go Bananas’ HQ in Bury St Edmunds, this forest advanture company now employs more than 1,000 people across the UK and the US.

Multi-million pound plans to transform a Suffolk RAF base into the first permanent international site for US fighter jets have been announced.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24