Man jailed for burning friend over $75 debt

Courts. (File photo)

Courts. (File photo)

Tony Blais, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:40 AM ET

EDMONTON — An Edmonton man who badly burned a friend when he splashed gasoline on him and lit him on fire during a fight over a $75 rent debt was put behind bars Tuesday.

Brian Keith Hall, 41, was sentenced to 40 months in prison after earlier being convicted of aggravated assault.

Provincial Court Judge Robert Philp noted Hall was determined to have an altercation with victim David Yalden and splashed gasoline on him with the thought that it would make Yalden stop his assault and, when it didn’t, he “lit the complainant on fire.”

Philp called Hall’s actions in the Oct. 26, 2012, offence “egregious” and requiring denunciation and deterrence.

At trial, court heard Hall and Yalden had been friends since the late 1990s, but the friendship came to a halt over a $75 debt.

Hall had been renting a bedroom in Yalden’s two-bedroom apartment, however the arrangement ended when Yalden’s girlfriend objected to Hall’s girlfriend living there and Hall and his girlfriend moved out.


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