A man who threatened to set fire to himself and Kensington Town Hall while people were inside has been jailed.
Ako Ahmed 45 (01.7.75), of no fixed address, appeared at Iselworth Crown Court on Tuesday, 16 February where he was sentenced to four years imprisonment for making threats to kill and threatening to damage property.
This follows Ahmed having been found guilty of making a threats to kill and threatening to damage property on Wednesday, 26 February 2020.
He was found not guilty of attempting to commit arson with intent to endanger life.
At around 11.30hrs on Wednesday, 4 September 2019, Ahmed attended Kensington Town Hall in Hornton Street and began shouting at staff.
He then poured petrol on the floor of the reception area, all over himself and took out a lighter before threatening to kill a named employee as well as everyone in the building by burning it down.
Police were called and upon their arrival Ahmed was disarmed of his lighter by a police officer. He was arrested on suspicion of arson and threats to kill and was later charged and remanded in custody.
During the trial, the court heard how Ahmed had been involved in a dispute with the council about his housing situation.
Detective Constable Nigel Pacquette of Belgravia CID, who led the investigation, said: “Ahmed had lost sight of the fact that he was attacking the very people who were trying to help him. His actions could have resulted in serious injury to everyone present, including himself.
“I’m thankful this wasn’t the case and applaud the officer who bravely disarmed Ahmed of his lighter.
“Had it not been for the actions of responding officers who placed themselves in harm’s way, the outcome of this incident could have been far more sinister.”