Man Jailed For Setting Teenager On Fire

A drug dealer has been found guilty of setting a teenager on fire in a row over drug debts.

35-year-old Benjamin Bussey from Plough Lane, Watlington in Norfolk, has today been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being convicted of grievous bodily harm and supplying a Class A drug.

An 18 year old man, who had owed Bussey a £75 drugs debt, had been asleep in bed when Bussey poured lighter fluid over him before flicking several lit matches at him. 

One ignited and set the teenager alight leaving him with serious burns to his face, neck and back. 

Several days later officers arrested Bussey and found a quantity of cocaine, cash and a drug dealer’s debt list. Police found further items linked to drugs dealing during the search of a vehicle linked to Bussey. 

Bussey was sentenced to 11 years in total with 18 months to run concurrently for the drugs offence. 

Detective Sergeant Richard Dickinson from Norwich CID, who led the investigation, said: "This extreme act of violence is unusual in Norfolk and the sentencing today reflects the serious nature of such an offence."

"The victim, his family and other witnesses should be praised for the part they have played in bringing Bussey to justice and preventing him from committing further similar crimes."