Deptford arsonist with a grudge jailed for killing 82-year-old Giuseppina Fazzani

News Shopper: Tuan Anh Le Tuan Anh Le

A 23-YEAR-OLD man with a dispute against a Deptford bar owner has been jailed for 13 years after starting the fire which killed 82-year-old Giuseppina Fazzani.

Tuan Anh Le, a Vietnamese national of no fixed address, started the blaze in the early hours of May 29 last year, targeting a bar next door to Miss Fazzani’s property following a dispute.

Miss Fazzani, known to friends and family as Josie, had lived in the Deptford High Street building for almost her entire life, moving in during the 1930s when she was just 13.

Until 20 years ago it had been run as a café, and she continued to live there after the business closed. She was asleep in her bedroom on the ground floor the night the fire started.

An Old Bailey jury heard that Le had taken against the owner of the neighbouring Xo Bar six months previously.

On the night of the fire, CCTV captured Le driving up and down the high street twice before getting out and peering through the security shutter of the bar. He then drove to a nearby petrol station where he bought  kitchen roll and a can of petrol.

News Shopper: Giuseppina Fazzani

Further CCTV caught him starting a fire at the door of the bar and then another outside Miss Fazzani’s home.

Inside the property, Miss Fazzani's niece was asleep on the second floor when she was awoken by the smoke alarm. She tried to get downstairs to help her aunt but was beaten back by heat and smoke and had to be rescued by the fire brigade.

Miss Fazzani was found unconscious by her bed having suffered serious burns. She was treated by paramedics at the scene but was pronounced dead at 3am.

Today, Le was found guilty of her manslaughter, and was sentenced to 13 years in jail.

News Shopper: Police cordoned off part of Deptford High Street yesterday

Afterwards, Detective Inspector Nathan Eason from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "Josie would not have stood a chance of escaping the fire due to her advanced years and mobility issues.

“Having committed this reckless and despicable act, Le attempted to evade responsibility for his actions by claiming he was forced into setting the fires.

“The jury clearly saw through this complete fabrication and rightly convicted him. We can only hope that today's conviction can in some small way assist Josie's family to come to terms with her tragic and needless loss."

News Shopper: Deptford arsonist with a grudge jailed for killing 82-year-old Giuseppina Fazzani

“Devastating”

In a statement, the family said: “The loss of an elderly loved one is always difficult. Guiseppina Fazzani was 82 years of age, still very much living her life to the full, to lose her in such a cruel, horrific and senseless way has been devastating for all her family and friends.

“However, we would like to very much thank the members of public, who on that night called the fire services, this act undoubtedly saved the life of our cousin, her niece.

“We thank the London Fire Brigade for all they did, always putting their lives at risk and the Ambulance Service for the care they gave to both our cousin and our aunt.

“Finally we thank the Metropolitan Police for their tremendous hard work and determination in bringing this case to trial and a special thanks to the family liaison team for their care and sensitivity in keeping the family informed of every development.”

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12:56pm Mon 20 Jan 14

old nick says...

no mention of deportation after.have they given up.
no mention of deportation after.have they given up. old nick

9:32am Tue 21 Jan 14

Indigenous UK Pensioner says...

THis thug was allowed in to m y country who then carried out this arson attack against a pensioner we elect politician to l ook after my country not to allow these criminal thug to try to intimidate poeple so i wont be voteing labour conservative or liberal ever again i will vote for who i want and dont care tuppence what a ny one say its my choice to vote for a party that represent my view of what i think is right i didnt ask for these poeple to come hear and turn my country in to a crime cess pit i think the sentence is very low he should have got 30 yaer in a military dentention facilty to teach him this is not the way we behave in my country.THank you.
THis thug was allowed in to m y country who then carried out this arson attack against a pensioner we elect politician to l ook after my country not to allow these criminal thug to try to intimidate poeple so i wont be voteing labour conservative or liberal ever again i will vote for who i want and dont care tuppence what a ny one say its my choice to vote for a party that represent my view of what i think is right i didnt ask for these poeple to come hear and turn my country in to a crime cess pit i think the sentence is very low he should have got 30 yaer in a military dentention facilty to teach him this is not the way we behave in my country.THank you. Indigenous UK Pensioner

10:46am Tue 21 Jan 14

bobbi beauty says...

should have deported him war hero xx
should have deported him war hero xx bobbi beauty

11:56am Tue 21 Jan 14

the wall says...

bobbi beauty wrote:
should have deported him war hero xx
Yeah becasue that would be a great punishment.

20 years HMP then deported.
[quote][p][bold]bobbi beauty[/bold] wrote: should have deported him war hero xx[/p][/quote]Yeah becasue that would be a great punishment. 20 years HMP then deported. the wall

9:16am Wed 22 Jan 14

Locked an Loaded says...

Thanks to the ruling elite who have ruined our country with their actions the rest of us have live amongst these pond life!
Russel the comic said "Don't vote" i seem to think he has a valid argument because it is a complete waste of time voting for any of the main 3 they are identical in every shape of form & they never carry out their promises once elected!
I look at David Cameron and his promises of a staight "in or out" of the Eu he gets in with a split coalition with Lib Dems then backtracks........ "oh i'll give it to you the next time i'm elected" routine
Lib Dems & their continued sex scandal infighting & blocking of any decisions that might help this country, along with the Labour group a bunch of total "country wreckers" is it any wonder people are beginning to get fed up with voting in ANY election?
Thanks to the ruling elite who have ruined our country with their actions the rest of us have live amongst these pond life! Russel the comic said "Don't vote" i seem to think he has a valid argument because it is a complete waste of time voting for any of the main 3 they are identical in every shape of form & they never carry out their promises once elected! I look at David Cameron and his promises of a staight "in or out" of the Eu he gets in with a split coalition with Lib Dems then backtracks........ "oh i'll give it to you the next time i'm elected" routine Lib Dems & their continued sex scandal infighting & blocking of any decisions that might help this country, along with the Labour group a bunch of total "country wreckers" is it any wonder people are beginning to get fed up with voting in ANY election? Locked an Loaded

10:01am Fri 24 Jan 14

Gold and Silver says...

Trouble is Locked people are just like sheeple when it comes to voting at election times
I voted labour because me dad always did, or i voted tory because iv bought me own house and i think im now middle class!
I find it amusing that the Liberal Democrats who have such a hold on what happens in this country and who are in the newspapers with continuing sex scandals and even yesterday i saw a Liberal Mp,s son attacking a press photographer like a street oik and it got me thinking, how can these political parties have such a say on matters of importance in this country when we see and read the actions of their members'?
If this was Ukip or the Bnp we would have the extremist left on here shouting from the roofs!
Cleggo should be ashamed and the Liberal Democrats are a total waste of space with their actions of their disgusting members and should never be allowed to hold such a high stake in important matters in this country!
The sooner this coalition is broken up the better!
Trouble is Locked people are just like sheeple when it comes to voting at election times I voted labour because me dad always did, or i voted tory because iv bought me own house and i think im now middle class! I find it amusing that the Liberal Democrats who have such a hold on what happens in this country and who are in the newspapers with continuing sex scandals and even yesterday i saw a Liberal Mp,s son attacking a press photographer like a street oik and it got me thinking, how can these political parties have such a say on matters of importance in this country when we see and read the actions of their members'? If this was Ukip or the Bnp we would have the extremist left on here shouting from the roofs! Cleggo should be ashamed and the Liberal Democrats are a total waste of space with their actions of their disgusting members and should never be allowed to hold such a high stake in important matters in this country! The sooner this coalition is broken up the better! Gold and Silver

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