An arsonist who set fire to the sleeping bags of two homeless men as they slept in south London has been jailed for five years.
Montel Nowhia-Job, 24, targeted the rough sleepers in Croydon in the early hours of June 10 2019.
They suffered burns, had their sleeping bags and belongings destroyed and have been left with “significant psychological trauma” from the attacks.
Nowhia-Job spotted the first victim asleep outside a Crisis Centre just before 3am and set light to something before placing it next to him and walking off.
The victim woke up within minutes and managed to put out the flames with his hands, causing minor burns. His sleeping bag was completely destroyed, along with his clothing and important identification documents.
Just over an hour later in a nearby street, the second victim was targeted as he slept. He awoke to feeling heat on his hoodie and sleeping bag before discovering his clothes were on fire.