A man has been jailed after an arson attack that left a man in a serious condition, in Blackley.
Anthony McAndrew (16/06/87) of Pembridge Road, Manchester has today, Monday 15 December 2014, been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison, with an extended licence to seven years and eight months.
He also received an indeterminate restraining order preventing him from having any contact with the victim or going to Belthorne Avenue or within 100 metres of the victim or address.
He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to arson being reckless as to endanger life, theft and the possession of Cannabis.
At about 8.10am on Wednesday 2 April 2014 emergency services were called to a house on Belthorne Avenue, Blackley to a house fire. The victim, a man in his 50s, was discovered upstairs in the house, unconscious and was taken to hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation.
After an investigation, it was discovered that McAndrew had deliberately started the fire and he was subsequently arrested.
Detective Constable Phil Sutcliffe of North Manchester division said: â€œThis was a deliberate and callous arson attack in which a man was seriously harmed. Fortunately, the fire crew managed to get him out of the house in time and he survived, but this could have been much worse.
â€œTo deliberately attempt to set a fire and knowingly put the life of another person at risk is unthinkable and, today, McAndrew has paid the price for his actions.â€