Man who tried setting family home on fire as his family slept because they kicked him out is jailed

A man who started a fire outside his family home because they kicked him out following a series of disputes about him being drunk and causing arguments has been jailed for three years and eight weeks.

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Naveed Bashir, 29, torched a wheelie bin and piled rubbish on top before pushing it into the front door of the house.

He was fortunately spotted by his sister who raised the alarm after being awoken by sounds of Bashir talking to someone outside the house and shouting her name.

Bashir admitted a charge of reckless arson at Birmingham Crown Court.

Judge Peter Carr told him: “You were clearly under the influence of drink and you went to the family home.

“You set fire to the wheelie bin and pushed it right up against the front of the house.”

Prosecuting, Aliya Rashid, said Bashir had been causing arguments with family members and drinking heavily.

Police were eventually called and Bashir was removed from the house but responded with a threat that he was going to “burn the house down.”

He returned to the house later that night while his family members including his grandparents and younger siblings had gone to bed and he started the fire.

His 17-year-old sister was awakened at around 4am after hearing Bashir shouting her name and banging at the front door.

She alerted her mother who called the police and fire brigade.

Defending Bashir, Gerry Bermingham, said: “My client, who had been expelled from the house, had been sleeping rough.

“He was living on the street on the night in question and it was cold.

“He was drunk and he set fire to the wheelie bin to keep warm but he realised that things had got out of control.

“The damage caused was not great but of course there was always the potential.

“He realises he has to do something about drinking and taking Black Mamba.”

He was jailed for three year’s and eight weeks at Birmingham Crown Court.

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