Jilted cabbie blows up ex-lover's home - and then crawls from rubble laughing

A taxi driver who blew up his girlfriend’s house after she dumped him has been jailed for six years.

Alistair Gray poured petrol around the home he had shared with Jane Thornton and set fire to it, causing a blast which destroyed the semi-detached house.

The explosion killed Miss Thornton’s dog and also caused £74,000 of damage to the house next door, The Sun reported.

Blast: The three-bedroom semi-detached house Ailstair Gray shared with Jane Thornton was destroyed in the explosion

Blast: The three-bedroom semi-detached house Ailstair Gray shared with Jane Thornton was destroyed in the explosion

Neighbours reported seeing Gray emerging from the rubble and ‘laughing maniacally’ after the blast on April 28, last year.

When asked what had happened, he replied: ‘It’s a long story.’

The couple had been in a relationship for four years, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

Edmund Burge, prosecuting, showed the judge photographs of the damage and said: ‘It effectively blew the house apart.

‘The force of the explosion brought virtually every neighbour in the vicinity outside to see what happened.

Alistair Gray
Jane Thornton

Gray (left) and his former partner Jane Thornton (right) had been together for four years

‘They saw Mr Gray leaving the rubble. He was described by a number of witnesses as laughing maniacally.’

Gray, who was badly burned in the blast, was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

He admitted arson, telling the court: ‘I was in a dark place.’

Miss Thornton later discovered her house had not been insured as a direct debit to the bank had been cancelled because her partner had not kept up with the payments.

She told The Sun: ‘He left me with just the clothes I was wearing. He has completely ruined my life and left me with nothing.’

Referring to Gray’s sentence, her mother Vivian said: ‘It should have been longer. He will probably be out in about three years.’




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