A man has been found guilty at court of assault and arson after injuring a man and then setting a flat on fire in Leicester.
Mubarak Jibril was found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered. He was also charged with arson with intent to endanger life, but was found not guilty of this by the jury.
The 26-year-old of Lancaster Place, Leicester was found guilty at Leicester Crown Court yester (Thursday 22 July) following a trial and will be sentenced in September.
At around 3am on Sunday 3 January this year, officers were approached by a man in his fifties, while in Eldon Street, Leicester. The man had a number of puncture wounds to his head and neck.
Officers managed to establish from the man, while he was provided with medical treatment by paramedics at the location, that he had been assaulted at a flat in Ottawa Road and they made their way there.
Once they arrived at this flat, it was clear it was on fire and officers entered to find a man asleep inside. He was rescued and found to be uninjured. Three officers were treated at hospital as a precaution for smoke inhalation.
CCTV enquiries showed a man leaving the vicinity at around the time of the fire carrying what was described as a large red blanket. The man was tracked to a parked car in Maidstone Road and seen to get inside.
Officers located the car and found Jibril inside with a large pink sleeping bag. He was arrested on suspicion of arson and taken into custody.
Enquiries later established, which including speaking to the victim further, that he had been assaulted with a pair scissors by Jibril, the scissors of which were later recovered from the flat.
A 40-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault was later released without charge and with the evidence suggesting that Jibril was the man responsible for all the offences, he was charged and remanded into custody.
Detective Constable Charlotte Rodgers was the investigating officer for this case.
She said: “The injured man was treated at hospital and released the following day. He was very lucky he wasn’t more seriously injured given the assault he was subjected to.
“Jibril not only assaulted this man, he then set the flat on fire putting the lives of residents in the same block of flats at risk, residents who given the time of night were likely asleep, giving them even less time to respond and get out.
“His actions were completely reckless and endangered the lives of so many people. I am pleased that the jury has seen that the case against him was undeniable and he has now been left to face a custodial sentence behind bars for what he did.”