Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 August 2019

Arsonist who set fire to nine vehicles in return for cash is jailed

Unemployed man was paid Dh1,200 to carry out crimes

A jobless arsonist who accepted cash in return for torching nine vehicles in two separate attacks has been sentenced to a year in prison.

The 23-year-old Pakistani was paid Dh1,200 to carry out the crimes in Dubai in June and July of this year.

Dubai Criminal Court heard that the firebug was under the influence of alcohol when he poured fuel on a lorry and engulfed it in flames using a lighter, during an incident on July 26.

The fire spread to two buses, two cars, and a van, destroying all of the vehicles.

The man was later arrested and admitted setting fire to the six vehicles as well as a second arson, in which two Mercedes trucks and a Toyota bus were damaged, on June 30.

The vehicles all belonged to a private construction company in Jebel Ali.

The defendant, who admitted the arson charges at a previous hearing, will be deported after serving his jail term.

Updated: December 17, 2018 03:42 PM