Jailed: Yob who set fire to Seaham friend after Tyne-Wear derby

Craig Finn - coming to terms with his life-changing injuries.

Craig Finn - coming to terms with his life-changing injuries.

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A yob who set fire to a friend who later needed to have his leg amputated has been jailed.

Craig Finn, 25, suffered horrendous burns and needed his left leg taken off below the knee after he was set alight by pal James Gillibrand.

Craig Finn while he was in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Craig Finn while he was in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Mr Finn had invited Gillibrand, both men knowing each other after growing up in Seaham, to his new house in Spennymoor, County Durham, for a drink in February last year, where the pair watched a Newcastle United v Sunderland Tyne-Wear derby match.

But the night took an horrific turn when Mr Finn, 25, was set on fire while he lay unconscious on his bathroom floor.

Medics rushed him to Newcastle’s RVI after he suffered a catalogue of burns to his legs and back.

While in an induced coma, surgeons operated to remove his left leg below the knee, while his right ankle had to be reconstructed.

Craig Finn while he was in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Craig Finn while he was in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Gillibrand, 25, of Wesley Way, admitted causing grievous bodily harm without intent and arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Today at Durham Crown Court he was jailed for five years and three months.

Speaking previously about the incident, Mr Finn, who has since had a prosthetic lower leg fitted, said of Gillibrand: “I hope he does as long as possible in prison.

“I’ve never spoken to him since it happened and I don’t want to.”

“I’ve had to force myself with to get used to what happened,” he added.

“I relive that day every morning when I get up, which gets me down, but I know I’ve got to get on with my life.”