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Woman jailed for arson, Colindale

News   •   Jan 05, 2018 14:39 GMT

[Mina Daud]

A woman has been jailed following a fire that damaged a block of flats in Hendon.

Mina Daud, 23 (05.04.94) of Warner Close, Colindale, appeared at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday, 4 January, where she was sentenced to 22 months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to arson to recklessly endanger life.

Police were called by London Fire Brigade (LFB) at approximately 19:10hrs on Sunday, 10 September 2017 to reports of a fire at a block of flats in Warner Close, NW9.

Residents of the block of flats suffered from smoke inhalation and other related conditions. Many were taken to hospital for treatment and four households had to be re-housed temporarily.

An estimated £66,000 worth of damage was caused at the flats, including smoke damage to neighbouring flats, the corridors and property inside some of the resident's flats.

The Fire Brigade reported the fire as suspicious due to multiple seats of fire and evidence suggesting matches were lit and dropped, with no accelerant identified.

Daud was arrested and when interviewed there were clear inconsistencies in her account. Following a search of the property, very few belongings were found in the flat, suggesting Daud had previously moved them out.

The following day she was charged.

DC Hussain Ahmed, of Barnet CID, said: "This fire was deliberately started in several locations in the defendant's flat within a large four storey block where a number of residents were at home, including children.

"At court it became clear this offence was motivated by Daud's wish to be re-housed. The fire caused many of the residents to require medical treatment and temporary forced out of their homes. However, it could have resulted in a much more catastrophic outcome. Thankfully this was not the case."