Watch Chilling Moment Jilted Boyfriend Filled Can Of Petrol Before Setting Fire To Exs Home
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This is the terrifying moment a jilted boyfriend was captured on CCTV filling a can with petrol before setting fire to his ex-partner”s home in a jealous rage.
Twisted Gary Griffiths, 44, sent a chilling text to Tracey Powell saying “goodbye” after he poured petrol through her letter box along with a burning piece of paper.
Luckily, Miss Powell, 42, who had just ended their two-month relationship, managed to escape from the inferno.
The fire was also contained to the front of the house because of the uPVC door created a seal stopping the flames from spreading.
Chilling Moment: Gary Griffiths was caught on camera at a petrol station before trying to kill his ex
On Monday Griffiths was jailed for 16 years after he was convicted of attempted murder and arson following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Yesterday West Midlands Police released shocking footage of the arson attack which took place at 4am on March 4 last year.
It shows Griffiths, of Brownhills, Walsall, West Mids., filling a five litre plastic container with petrol at a Jet Service Station in Shellfield, West Mids.
He is then captured on another security camera parking outside Miss Powell”s Edwardian terraced home in Bloxwich Road in the town.
Twisted Crime: Griffiths can be seen calmly filling up the petrol can on the CCTV footage
Griffiths is seen splashing the fuel over the front door and pouring it through the letter box. He is then caught lighting a large piece of paper and hurling it at the fuel.
The petrol then ignites into a fire ball and Griffiths is seen dashing back to his car and driving away a short time later.
The court heard Griffiths and Miss Powell had been in a relationship before she broke it off.
He continued to hound her and bombarded her with text messages begging her to take him back.
SWNSCrime Scene: Bloxwich Road, Walsall, West Midlands where Griffiths tried to murder his ex-girlfriend by setting fire to her home
On one occasion he even turned up at the school where she worked as a teacher holding a bouquet of flowers.
After the arson attack, Griffiths texted Miss Powell, which read: "Goodbye Tracey."
He also sent a second text, telling her: "The fire starters are going to burn down the street."
During the trial, Miss Powell told the jury: "He wasn”t that happy and said he was annoyed about the fact that we were not seeing each other.
"I was shocked and thought it was a bit aggressive. Literally as I read it I realised something was going on outside.
"I heard a noise like a clunk or like something shutting. I looked outside and I saw something like hazard lights.
"Instinctively I opened the window and I saw him and saw flames from the footpath below the window. The flames were at the front door.
"I asked him, “what are you doing?”
"He said, “I told you not to upset me.” There was a lot of thick black smoke at the time. I called 999.
"I could smell smoke and burning and the petrol smell was really strong."
West Midlands PolicePrison Sentence: Griffiths was jailed for 16 years for attempted murder and arson
Investigating officer Detective Constable Dave Franks said: "Griffiths” attempt to set the property alight was only thwarted by the uPVC front door which provided a seal against the blaze which caught on the doorstep.
"Had the pool of petrol ignited behind the door, the outcome could have been far worse and possibly have ended in tragedy.
"The 42-year-old woman in the house had only just moved in and was subjected to a terrifying ordeal.
"Griffiths continued to taunt her by text after he set the fire, which fortunately alerted her to the blaze and she was able to call for help, which arrived swiftly."