Jail for Dewsbury man who started fire that killed much-loved son and injured five others

A Dewsbury man has been jailed for starting a fire which took the life of a man and seriously injured five others.
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Tahir Nazir, 40 and of West Park Street in Dewsbury, was sentenced to 21 years and nine months at Leeds Crown Court today (Monday) for manslaughter.

The court heard he started the devastating blaze at a house in Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, which killed 35-year-old Nicolae Alin Gavrila.

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Another four men and a woman who were also in the house were seriously hurt.

Tahir Nazir has been jailed for more than 21 yearsTahir Nazir has been jailed for more than 21 years
Tahir Nazir has been jailed for more than 21 years

Officers were called to the home on Queen Street at 12.04am on Sunday, April 10, 2022 to reports of a house fire.

Five people who had been inside were treated at the scene. A number of other properties were also evacuated after the fire spread to neighbouring houses.

Mr Gavrila’s body was found later by firefighters working through the house.

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Police arrested Nazir on April 13 and he was charged shortly afterwards.

Nicolae Alin Gavrila died in the blazeNicolae Alin Gavrila died in the blaze
Nicolae Alin Gavrila died in the blaze

He will serve 17 years and nine months of the sentence in custody before he can be released on licence.

Detective Inspector Suzanne Hall, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “Tahir Nazir demonstrated an absolute disregard for life with his actions inside the property which resulted in the death of Mr Gavrila and caused injuries to five other occupants.

“We hope the outcome at court will now help to bring a measure of closure to Mr Gavrila’s family in Romania, and to the other victims in this case.”

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The family of Mr Gavrila said he was much-loved and had come to England for a better life but had that life taken from him through the actions of Tahir Nazir.

In a statement read to the court, his mother said: “As a result of Nicolae’s death, I feel like I have categorically lost a part of me.

"I feel like there will always be a part of me missing, and my life will never be the same.”

Anyone with information or concerns about crime in their area can contact West Yorkshire Police on 101.

Officers can also be contacted by using the live chat on the force’s website.