Waitrose arson attacker to be sentenced next month

Police gather evidence after a serious incident in the Waitrose store at Storrington. 29-04-15, Pic Steve Robards SUS-150429-202612001
Police gather evidence after a serious incident in the Waitrose store at Storrington. 29-04-15, Pic Steve Robards SUS-150429-202612001

A man who tried to set himself on fire in a village supermarket is due to be sentenced in December.

Michael Spruhan, 53, of Windmill Copse, Storrington, pleaded guilty to arson while being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The jury found him not guilty on the more serious charge of arson with intent to endanger life.

Chichester Crown Court heard that he went into Waitrose in Storrington on April 29 and poured petrol over his head before striking a cigarette lighter.

He was remanded in custody to be sentenced today, but the sentencing date has been put back to December 9.

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