A MAN who attempted to murder a police sergeant and attempted to wound a second sergeant did start a fire with the intent of endangering the other occupants in the house.

Mohammed Ibrahim has been on trial at Swansea Crown Court accused of the attempted murder of Gwent Police sergeant Carl Blanks.

Ibrahim also faced charges of attempting to wound a second police sergeant with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and arson with the intent to endanger life, all dating back to an incident on St Vincent Lane in Newport on April 23 last year.


The defendant is unfit to stand trial so the jury was asked to decide not his guilt or innocence but whether he committed the alleged acts.

On Thursday, the jury found by a majority verdict that Ibrahim did attempt to murder Sgt Blanks. The jury also concluded, unanimously, that he attempted to wound Sgt Healan with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

And today (Friday), the jury returned, finding by majority verdict that Ibrahim did commit arson with the intent to endanger life.

He will be sentenced on November 12, subject to the preparation of a psychiatric report.