Five members of a family jumped to safety from their burning home after it was targeted by an arsonist. By what they called a ‘miracle’, the family survived the blaze, which destroyed their home and everything in it – from cash and personal documents to jewellery and photographs. However, they say they still suffer sleepless nights and flashbacks as a result of the actions of 28-year-old Shivam Takiar three years ago. Today at Takiar’s sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court , it emerged the family had moved to the UK from India approximately a decade ago in search of a new life. In 2002, the court was told, their previous home in India was damaged in a fire during rioting. Takiar, who has since been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum and having mild learning disabilities, poured petrol through the letter-box of the home in Prestwold Road, off Uppingham Road, Leicester at 4am on Monday, July 18, 2016. The mother, father, daughter and two brothers woke to discover flames surging up the stairs toward their bedrooms. They realised their only way out was to smash a first-floor bedroom and to climb out and drop to the ground, Nottingham Crown Court… Read full this story
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