A ‘NARCISSISTIC psychopath’ who tried to set fire to Wing police station and a Vale home in an extreme case of harassment has been found guilty of a series of offences.
Al Amin Dhalla, a 42-year-old Canadian national, was found guilty unanimously of harassing Dr Alison Hewitt, a student doctor based in Brighton, and her mother Pamela Hewitt who lives in Aston Abbotts with her husband David. He was also convicted of setting fire to Pamela’s home, attempting to set fire to a police station, theft, criminal damage and perverting the course of justice.
Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Mears, of Aylesbury police, said she felt that had the police not intercepted they ‘could be looking at a murder, if not three’.
Dhalla began by buying a van in London and having it specially adapted to allow easy access into the back from the driver’s seat and having the window removed.
He then equipped himself with an air rifle with telescopic sights, a BB pistol, two mini crossbows modified to increase their power, and rounds of ammunition.
Suspicions were raised after he was spotted target practising in a field near Wiltshire and was arrested by local police.
Pamela and David’s home was then deliberately set alight, shortly followed by an arson attack at Wing police station.
The victims were then safeguarded by police before they took charge of the manhunt to locate Dhalla and gather crucial evidence needed to investigate the arson attacks and harassment.
Convinced Dhalla may turn up at the hospital where Alison worked, police circulated his photo at the hospital, when staff alerted police he was masquerading as a doctor, dressed in a white coat and wearing a stethoscope around his neck, seeking details of the staff rota in attempts to locate Alison.
The following morning Dhalla was spotted at the hospital by staff who called police, who then arrested him. A further car he hired was found near-by, containing empty fuel cans and various weapons, including a loaded crossbow in the front passenger seat.