Romford brothers jailed for Basildon arson attack

Two brothers have been jailed after throwing a bottle containing petrol through a lounge window in Basildon over a dispute about a vehicle.

At Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday August 13, Craig Johnson, 27, of Halesworth Road, Romford, was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for two counts of arson by being reckless and putting life in danger.

Aaron Johnson, 32, of Halesworth Road, Romford, received 18 months for the same charges.

On October 17, 2018, Craig Johnson made indirect threats to a man over claims his car was damaged in Billericay.

He was then spotted entering a petrol station in Basildon at around 6.45pm where he filled a jerry can with petrol before buying bottles of beer and a lighter.

Both Johnsons then went to an address in High Road North before these bottles, containing petrol, were thrown through a window.

The occupants ran outside where they found one of their cars engulfed. By this time, both brothers had run from the scene.

Police attended and found a rag that had been soaked in accelerant and broken bottles purchased by Craig Johnson.

They were both later arrested and charged.

Detective Inspector Stewart Eastbrook, of Basildon CID, said: “Craig Johnson was seen entering a garage and buying the items he needed to carry out his attack.

“He met up with his brother before beer bottles full of petrol were thrown through a window while the occupants were still inside.

“Fortunately, they did not catch alight. The Johnsons then set a vehicle alight before running off.

“After analysing CCTV and dash cam footage, we arrested and secured charges against them both.

“They will now have time to think about their actions in prison.”

Mick Ferris

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