Sunderland arsonist gets six years for threats to blow up house after dispute with landlord

Davood Nagafi was branded a danger to the public by the judge.
Davood Nagafi was branded a danger to the public by the judge.
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An arsonist who tried to blow up his Sunderland home during a dispute with his landlord has been jailed for six years.

Davood Nagafi, who warned he was “not afraid to die”, lit a makeshift fuse made from shredded tracksuit bottoms which he had attached to the cooker with gas rings turned on.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the flames were stopped from spreading when another resident at the shared property in Sunderland came home to a strong smell of gas and found the fire.

Judge Robin Mairs said he was satisfied the 40-year-old intended to put lives at risk that day.

He ruled Nagafi posed a danger to the public and extended his prison sentence with a three-year licence period.

The judge said: “You had a dispute with your landlord, you had demanded your deposit back.

“You made various threats to blow up the property, made reference to burning things down and wanting to go on the rampage, telling him you were not afraid to die.”

The court heard Nagafi, of Goschen Street, Southwick, served a six-year prison sentence for drugs offences in 2007.

He set the fire on October 18 last year.

His housemate returned home to find gas pouring out of the cooker and the shredded trousers leading to a flame.

The shocked tenant bravely stamped out the flames and stopped the fire from spreading.

Judge Mairs told Nagafi: “Whatever the set up, it was clearly your intention to endanger life.”

The court heard because Nagafi continues to deny the offence it has been impossible to properly examine his motives behind the fire.

Nagafi was convicted of arson with intent to endanger life by a jury after a trial in May.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Nagafi, who came to the UK in 2002, has had difficulties sorting out his immigration status, which has caused him huge problems.