Nineteen year sentence for man who set victim on fire

Posted on 28th August 2014

A Buxton man who deliberately squirted lighter fluid on another man before setting him on fire has been jailed.Jake-Grimshaw

Jake Grimshaw carried out the attack on John McLaughlin at the victim’s home in Fairfield Road, Buxton, on February 7.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Grimshaw, 23, set fire to Mr McLaughlin before fleeing to his own address in South Mews.

He then threatened to jump from a third floor window, prompting police to seal off parts of Buxton while trained negotiators were called.

Mr McLaughlin, 37, suffered serious burns to his face and body and damage to his internal organs. He is still in hospital.

Grimshaw, pictured right, was found not guilty of attempted murder by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court but had earlier admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was sentenced to 14 years in prison and will then serve five years on licence once he is released.

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