Update: Eleven years for Potters Bar grandfather's killer
A MAN has been jailed for 11 years for killing a grandfather in an explosion. Potters Bar man David Leggett's body was found in the rubble of a tattoo parlour. The builder from Billy Lows Lane had been staying above the shop in Enfield with his ex-wife,
A MAN has been jailed for 11 years for killing a grandfather in an explosion.
Potters Bar man David Leggett's body was found in the rubble of a tattoo parlour.
The builder from Billy Lows Lane had been staying above the shop in Enfield with his ex-wife, daughter and her boyfriend who were all injured in the fire.
Lee Black, 32, of Ripley Road, Enfield, appeared at the Old Bailey today (Friday) for sentence.
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He pleaded guilty in September to manslaughter and arson recklessly endangering life.
Black broke into the Sacred Spirit tattoo parlour, where he worked, and doused it in petrol before setting light to it.
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Mr Leggett, 52, was unable to escape from a top-floor flat as the three-storey building in Lancaster Road, Enfield, was engulfed in flames.
A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Leggett died of smoke inhalation.
The court had previously heard Black had been caught on CCTV three days before the blaze at a nearby petrol station filling a large metal container with 18 litres of petrol.
A similar container was recovered from the rubble.
A motive remains unclear, but it is thought Black wanted to buy the tattoo business from the owner and was unhappy at the selling price.
He thought starting a small fire would reduce the price, but the blaze got out of control.