A FORMER Ballarat man was yesterday jailed for a minimum of 22 months for aggravated burglary. The court heard John Adam Hetherington, 24, and co-offender Edward Charles Wilson, 31, armed themselves with wooden stakes in the early hours of February 4 last year before breaking into Graham Bradbury's York St home with the intention of "sorting him out". The burglary was sparked by a phone call earlier in the night, during which Mr Bradbury insulted Wilson calling him a dog and a paedophile.Bradbury was later set on fire at his house and received severe burns to 47 per cent of his body. Wilson, who also pleaded to guilty to aggravated burglary, was sentenced in the County Court in Ballarat to two years jail in November.The court heard Wilson's sentence was reduced for giving evidence at the trial of Hetherington, who was accused of splashing Mr Bradbury with petrol and setting him alight. A jury acquitted Hetherington on Thursday of charges relating to the incident, including arson with intention to endanger life, intentionally causing serious injury and recklessly causing serious injury. Defence lawyer Russell Hammill yesterday said Hetherington had returned to Ballarat from Hervey Bay in Queensland about four months before the aggravated burglary. He said Wilson's house had become a place to congregate and socialise. "He (Hetherington) found himself drawn into the circle of friends Mr Wilson had and on the night of the event it seemed like a good idea at the time."Mr Hammill said it was the first time Hetherington had spent time in custody and he was still a young man with chances of rehabilitation.Judge Geoff Chettle said aggravated burglary was an abhorrent offence and would not be tolerated. He said the actions of Hetherington and Wilson could be seen as identical. Hetherington was convicted and sentenced to two years and nine months in jail, with a minimum non parole period of 22 months. He has already spent 76 days in custody.