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Fire prank students are sentenced

Two students who set fire to a friend in a drunken prank that went horrifically wrong have been sentenced.

American gap year student Rohan Foley, 21, and Australian Jack William Brown, 20, poured rum over their sleeping friend, Glenn Collins, 19, then set him alight as a joke - but he turned into a fireball and was left scarred for life.

Both pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm on June 10 this year and were today sentenced to 14 months in a young offenders' institute after appearing at Manchester Crown Court.

Foley and Collins were friends, studying together at the University of Chester and on June 9 they travelled to Manchester with a group of friends to celebrate Foley's 21st birthday, staying at a flat in the city centre.

The group had bought Foley a bottle of rum as a present and they started drinking before going out for the night.

At about 2am they returned to the flat and Mr Collins fell asleep in the lounge while others carried on drinking.

Foley and Brown then discussed a prank referred to as a "flame thrower" before the alcohol was poured on Mr Collins a flame was lit, turning him into an fireball.

Mr Collins was taken to hospital with severe burns to his upper body and remained unconscious for 10 days in the intensive care unit.

He is now recovering at home and receiving treatment but will be scarred for life.

The Fire Service attended and after police inquiries were launched Foley and Brown were arrested.

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