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Jail for man who launched 'horrendous' attack on staff at mental health centre before starting fire

PUBLISHED: 16:14 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 13 February 2017

The Bracton Centre, Dartford

The Bracton Centre, Dartford

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He is currently detained in hospital

A man who tried to start a fire in a mental health facility last year has been has been handed a prison sentence.

Myha Grant, of no fixed address, had been receiving treatment at the Bracton Centre in Dartford after attacking a random member of the public with a champagne bottle near Brixton tube station.

Whilst at the centre, the 31-year-old stabbed two members of staff on July 17, before starting a fire.

Grant had pleaded guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, one count of arson, and the original offence in Brixton of causing grievous bodily harm.

Sentencing at Maidstone Crown Court took place today (Monday).

The court heard how on the day in question, Grant hid outside a locked kitchen door, bursting in when he heard it being opened from the other side.

The member of staff opening the door was thrown to the ground by the force of the door.

Grant then grabbed a knife and stabbed the worker repeatedly in his chest, stomach and arms.

He then turned on a second member of staff who had activated a panic alarm, stabbing him a number of times in his groin, arm, leg, chest and stomach.

Grant, who is currently being detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act, then started a small fire with parts of a cigarette lighter and items of clothing.

Police arrested Grant in the courtyard of the centre after he tried to stack plant pots to climb on to the centre’s roof.

On Monday, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison, and will serve the jail term if his condition improves.

Inspector Ivan Beasley of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “This was an horrendous experience for all concerned.

“Myha Grant was being treated at the time for mental health issues and clearly poses a significant risk to innocent members of the public. The significant sentence he has received reflects what he put his victims through and is in the best interests of all concerned.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped us with this investigation and hope the conclusion of this case is of some comfort to all those affected.”

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