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Man torched car at ex-girlfriend's home


A man fire-bombed a car outside his ex-girlfriend's home, wrongly thinking it belonged to her new boyfriend.

The £5,000 Peugeot 207, which was destroyed, was owned by a visiting friend.

Arsonist Daniel Dixon later returned to throw bricks through his former partner's bedroom window, showering the room with glass.

Leicester Crown Court was told 21-year-old Dixon also flouted a restraining order banning him from going to the victim's home in Queniborough.

Dixon also breached the order by contacting the woman, making two threatening phone calls to her.

He was jailed for 14 months.

Ben Gow, prosecuting, said Dixon's ex-girlfriend was at home with a male friend at 10.40pm on November 1 when they realised the friend's car was on fire.

Mr Gow said: "She had a CCTV camera which showed a hooded figure smashing a window of the Peugeot and throwing something inside, which quickly ignited."

Police were at the woman's house when she then received two calls from Dixon.

Dixon denied over the phone being responsible for burning the car, but threatened to "firebomb the house" and put the windows in.

Mr Gow said Dixon asked the woman if the car belonged to "her new boyfriend" and said "he knew where he lived".

At 4.40am the following day, the ex-girlfriend's mother looked out of her window to see Dixon on her car bonnet.

Her daughter's bedroom window was then smashed by three pieces of brick.

Dixon, of Tatlow Road, Braunstone Frith, Leicester, admitted arson, breaking the window and three breaches of a restraining order, between November 1 and 2.

Mr Gow said the restraining order, banning contact with his ex-girlfriend and going to the road where she lived, was imposed by magistrates in June, following an earlier criminal damage offence.

Stephen Coupland, mitigating, said: "These matters relate to his ex-partner and his feelings towards her and he believed her to be moving on without him.

"Alcohol played a part and stupidity an even greater part.

"He was 20 at the time, acted out of character and is remorseful.

"The complainant has written to him while he's been on remand in custody, but he wants no contact with her."

Recorder Michael Stephens imposed a second restraining order banning any contact with Dixon's ex-girlfriend.

He told the defendant: "It was undeniably a frightening incident for your ex-partner, her family and her friend. There's no excuse for what you did."

Man torched car at ex-girlfriend's home

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