Kamran Ali jailed for launching flaming missiles at Maidenhead’s house
A MAN who threw flaming bottles at a house while a family with a four year old child was inside has been jailed for arson.
Kamran Ali, of Bromford Lane, Birmingham, not only fired the flaming missiles but then led two policemen before attacking one of those who had arrested him.
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to a series of offenses, including two counts of arson, dangerous driving, criminal damage and assaulting a rescuer.
Reading Crown Court learned of how Ali launched his attack on November 2, 2020, when he threw bottles filled with flammable liquid at a property in Moor Lane, Maidenhead.
The occupants were inside at the time and the building was damaged.
Ali then drove off and threw another bottle of flammable liquid into the road.
He continued his rampage by damaging a door and window on a property in Switchback Close before trying to leave – as he did, he damaged a parked car and crashed into another on several occasions.
Now on a flat tire, Ali drove at full speed to Colliers Close where he stopped and was found by two police officers. He overturned the car on them, although they managed to get out of the way, and Ali crashed into a garden fence and a concrete post.
He locked himself in his car, but the police managed to get him out before he attacked one of the officers.
Ali pleaded guilty to the round of charges on January 28, 2021 and was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday September 8.
He was sent to prison for seven years and received an 18-month driving ban once he got out.
Investigating Officer Detective Constable Arshid Ali, based at Maidenhead Police Station, said: “’It was a frightening incident for the occupants of the attacked property. There were three generations of a family inside of which one of the children was only four and a half years old.
“The attack was carried out with Ali knowing that the property was occupied and that there was a real likelihood of serious injury, but luckily no one was injured.
“Ali has pleaded guilty in an earlier hearing and the sentence handed down by the court reflects the gravity of the offense.”