Two men have been jailed after they deliberately set a car on fire outside a house in Grimsby while the family slept upstairs.
Paul Swaby, 32, of Sandringham Road in Cleethorpes and Jamie Bray, 29, of no fixed abode, appeared at Grimsby Crown Court last week and pleaded guilty to deliberately setting alight a Fiat 500 on April 19 this year.
After a family disagreement Swaby enlisted the help of Bray. Together they bought petrol which they then doused on the car, which was parked outside of the victim’s house in the early hours of the morning.
According to Grimsby Live, a terrified woman was left shocked and upset as she watched her “pride and joy” go up in flames in what has been described as an “arson revenge attacked”.
The report states that one of the men had a grudge against her because he wrongly believed that she was involved in an arson attack on a vehicle of his own family.
The car was burned to destruction and damage was also caused to the house as the fire spread from the car. Humberside Police described it as a harrowing incident.
Swaby and Bray initially denied the offence but, following overwhelming evidence against them gathered by officers investigating the case, the pair admitted arson.
They have now been sentenced to four years in jail, as well as being served with an indefinite restraining order.