Waqas Ali, 22, of Donisthorpe Street, Little Horton, Bradford, who torched a Bradford takeaway because he thought he was owed £75 in unpaid wages has been jailed for four years and two months.
Waqas Ali was a former employee at the takeaway but had left five months previously and claimed owner of the takeaway, Wajid Ashgar owed him £75 in unpaid wages.
He doused the back door at Waji’s in Manchester Road, Bradford, with petrol before setting the building on fire.
He had bought petrol from a nearby filling station and threw it over the cellar door before igniting it and running away.
Around £30,000 damage was done to the property, with the kitchen area gutted. The family occupying the flat escaped unhurt and their home sustained minor smoke damage.
Ali was arrested three days later and told the police he got drunk and lost his temper. He bought £10 of petrol and set the building alight.
He said he did not know that a family was living above the takeaway. But court heard, Ali must have known there was an occupied flat above the takeaway because he had worked there.
Ali was jailed for 50 months with a three-year extended licence period that puts him under close supervision on his release.
Judge Rose warned him that committing a similar offence of arson in the future could mean a sentence of life imprisonment.