A 31-year-old drug addict has been given four life sentences at the Old Bailey for murdering four people in a fire at a hostel.
Garry Dudley started the fatal blaze by torching furniture in a common room at the Fairlawns Hotel, Hagley Road, Birmingham, on Easter Sunday last year.
He had been a resident there since setting fire to his own council-owned flat and was angry because he wanted to be re-housed.
Residents Caroline Fry, aged 46, Gary Parkes, aged 42, Anthony Campbell, aged 43, and 51-year-old Gurmel Singh were trapped and died from the effects of smoke.
Dudley was convicted of four charges of murder and one of arson at Birmingham Crown Court in December. Sentencing had been adjourned for reports.
Mr Justice Fulford said Dudley should serve a minimum of 28 years. He also jailed him for ten years concurrently for the earlier arson.
The judge told Dudley: "It was a terrible thing to have done. At present you pose a high degree of danger to the public."
A doctor's report said Dudley had been taking crack cocaine which made him disinhibited, unstable and impulsive.
Miss Rachel Brand QC, defending, said Dudley had a low IQ.
The trial in Birmingham heard that on Easter Sunday, April 11, last year, Dudley had threatened the vulnerable residents that he would "burn this place down".
Witnesses said he had been in an abusive, angry and agitated state, claiming he had been beaten up. The fire trapped the four residents as they made desperate attempts to escape.
Dudley was seen smiling outside as the fire took hold, the court heard.
Firefighters, who were beaten back by thick smoke, later found Mr Singh lying in a porch.
Three others - Miss Fry, Mr Parkes, and Mr Campbell - were discovered trapped in Miss Fry's room.
The arson charge related to a fire Dudley started at his former residence at Near Oak House, in the Bartley Green area of Birmingham, on January 11, last year.
Again witnesses said he had been agitated earlier in the day, claiming he had been the victim of a burglary.
Melbourne Inman QC, prosecuting, told the jury Dudley had been living at the hostel from January 2004 and was on methadone for a drug addiction.
In the days leading up to the fatal fire, he phoned police to complain his room had been burgled and his prescription was stolen.
He was also arrested for being drunk and abusive at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham where he told officers another resident had stolen his car and beaten him up.
On Easter Sunday, the court heard he had been drinking with other residents all day and was later seen with a badly-cut arm.
He told staff and others he had been in a fight and that someone had thrown a brick through a window while he was in a toilet.
The hostel manageress and the owner's son both confronted him after checking the damage and were convinced Dudley had caused it himself because the glass was on the outside.
At about 9pm, smoke alarms alerted staff to the fire, but while they tried to get residents out, the owner's son said Dudley followed him as he toured the building repeating: "What's going on, what's going?"
Mr Inman said firefighters, who went in wearing breathing apparatus, had to retreat because of the intensity of the fire.