Man charged over linked stabbing and arson in Leicester

A 26-year-old man has been charged following two incidents yesterday where a man was stabbed and a home set on fire.

The police were called to Eldon Road in Leicester city centre yesterday morning and later visited a flat in Ottawa Road, St Matthews, Leicester, which they found to be on fire.

A man had to be rescued from the building and, although he was unhurt, three police officers required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation after entering the building.

The fire was extinguished by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service but caused “substantial damage” to the property, police said.

Ottawa Road was closed yesterday but has since been reopened.

Today Leicestershire Police announced that Mubarak Jibril, 26, of Lancaster Place, Leicester city centre, has been charged with attempted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, arson with intent to endanger life and arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

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Another man, aged 40, who had previously been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent has been released with no further action.

Meanwhile, the stabbing victim, a man, in his 50s, remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Police said Jibril has been kept in custody and is due to attend Leicester Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News