Jury retires in case of Storrington man accused of attack in Waitrose

Police gather evidence after a serious incident in the Waitrose store at Storrington. 29-04-15, Pic Steve Robards SUS-150429-202546001
Police gather evidence after a serious incident in the Waitrose store at Storrington. 29-04-15, Pic Steve Robards SUS-150429-202546001
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A jury retired today (Friday October 2) to consider whether a Storrington man is guilty of arson with intent to endanger life.

Michael Spruhan, 52, of Windmill Copse, pleaded not guilty to the charge at the opening of the trial at Chichester Crown Court on Tuesday (September 29).

He has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The charges relate to an incident at the Storrington branch of Waitrose on April 29.

Prosecutors say Spruhan poured petrol on himself and a woman known to him before striking a cigarette lighter.

His jumper caught fire but the flames were extinguished by a member of the public, the court heard. The woman was unhurt.

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