Trial for man who set fire to pub in Salobreña

GRANADA Public Prosecutor is asking for 14 years in prison for a man accused of setting fire to a pub door with people inside.

The events took place in Salobreña in December 2009 and no-one was injured.

The accused allegedly doused the door in petrol, which he taken from a nearby motorbike in an empty bottle, and set fire to it after he was thrown out because of an argument.

After doing so, he fled the scene.

He was arrested 20 days later in his home by Guardia Civil The Public Prosecutor considers that he endangered the people who were inside and the residents in the apartments above the premises.

He admitted in court that he had set fire to the door but claimed that he “wasn’t thinking” and was enraged because he had been thrown out.

He also says he believed the pub was closed at the time.

The owner of the pub and two other people were able to extinguish the fire and prevent people from getting injured.

The owner refused compensation for the damage caused, valued at €1,200, because it was covered by his insurance.

The man’s defence is requesting that he be acquitted as they consider that his actions did not endanger anyone.

They also want the court to take into consideration that he had consumed alcohol and other substances.

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