Teenager is convicted of arson with intent

A TEENAGER who set fire to a house in Bognor Regis has been convicted of arson with intent to endanger life.

Tuesday, 6th September 2016, 5:55 am

Police arrested two youths in connection with the offence, which occurred at a flat in Aldwick Road between November 10 and November 11 last year.

Michael Bissett, 18, of Lyon Street, Bognor Regis, was found guilty following a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday.

The court heard that he and another teenage boy entered the first-floor flat, before Bissett set fire to a sock. The lounge became engulfed in flames.

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Bissett was arrested on November 12 after intelligence linked him to the scene. He was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on October 24.

The 16-year-old co-defendant, who cannot be named, was acquitted of arson with intent to endanger life.