Man jailed after deliberately trying to endanger life by setting fire to block of flats

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David John Ogle, 38, formerly of Exeter Road in Nottingham

A 38-year-old man has been jailed for four years and six months after trying to deliberately endanger life by setting fire to a block of flats.

David John Ogle, formerly of Exeter Road in Nottingham, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one count of arson reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

He was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday (May 14).

Detective Sergeant Luke Waller said: “Ogle is clearly a very violent man with complete disregard for the lives of others.

“The horror those residents were put through will stay with them for a long time after being woken in the middle of the night in fear.

“I hope they now have some relief knowing that this dangerous man is behind bars.”

Between February and August 2017, Ogle carried out two attacks on a 46-year-old woman.

On one occasion, he kicked and punched her multiple times – the victim is believed to have sustained a broken nose during one of the attacks and now has difficulty breathing.

On August 27 2017 at around 5.20am, the fire service was called to a flat on Rose Close in St Ann’s.

The fire burnt out the flat and then threatened to engulf those nearby, the occupants of which having to flee through the flames with some suffering burns.

The fire service received 14 calls to attend that evening and, following an investigation, the cause of the fire was found to have been deliberate.

A bag had been left outside the first floor flat and set alight.

Witnesses and CCTV placed Ogle at the scene walking towards the property carrying a bag and then walking away empty handed.

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