Jason Fossett, a Norwood, North London man, has been sentenced to life in prison after making two separate attempts at burning down a gay bar.
Fossett pleaded guilty to arson with intent to danger life. He later claimed he could not remember the incident after “having a couple of drinks," according to Towleroad.
A report from The Evening Standard states that Fossett was seen loitering around the Two Brewers in Clapham. He piled flammable trash outside the fire exit before setting the garbage ablaze and fleeing. Luckily, the fire was caught before the blaze got out of control.
Police were able to trace Fossett's credit card — he had purchased drinks at the location that night. Officers eventually found receipts for the drinks at his home, along with the bag that matched what could be seen on security footage of the incident.
Fossett had targeted the same location in 2004, for which he served eight years of jail time. His motivation for the attacks are currently unknown, but police do not think of this as a hate crime.
"Fossett is clearly a dangerous character who deliberately went out of his way to set fire to the bar in a carefully calculated attack," said PC Paul Waterman. "It was sheer luck that the fire was spotted in its early stages to prevent any further damage or anyone sustaining any injuries... By working with my colleagues in Lambeth CID and with the cooperation and assistance of staff from the Two Brewers, we ensured that Fossett was brought to justice and has been put behind bars."
"I hope Fossett uses his time behind bars to reflect on his actions," concluded Waterman.
Fossett will serve a minimum sentence of three years and 244 days.
[Photo: Met Police]