Sedge Green/Waltham Abbey: Man guilty of arsons
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Our officers have secured justice for the victims of an arsonist who caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Mohammed Azizi was convicted of today (Thursday 3 June) following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Azizi had set fires at Spanners Garage in Sedge Green on 1 July last year and to a VW Polo parked in Bradley Road, Waltham Abbey six weeks later.
The fire at the garage burnt several vehicles and a building causing £250,000 worth of damage.
Through their investigation, officers were able to identify DNA evidence which established Azizi was at the scene.
On 15 August, Azizi, 30, of Bradley Road, Waltham Abbey, was caught on CCTV setting a fire underneath a VW Polo which was parked next to a residential address.
Later that month he was charged.
He denied arson, arson with recklessness as to whether life would be endangered, and malicious communications.
He was found guilty of the arson offences but was found not guilty of malicious communications.
He is due to be sentenced on 13 August.
Detective Inspector Kate Murray, from Loughton CID, said:
“Mohammed Azizi caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage and put lives at risk.
“His actions were premeditated and reckless and he clearly poses a significant danger to the public.
“I know these incidents caused significant concern within the community and I’m glad we’ve been able to bring Aziz to justice.
“He know faces time behind bars and our communities will be a safer place as a result.”