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Neighbour’s bravery praised as man firebombs ex-lover’s car

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A man firebombed his ex-girlfriend’s car in a vodka fuelled rage after seeing her with a new partner.

Jealous Scott Smart, 39, went to the woman’s March, Cambridgeshire, home on July 23 and an argument erupted between the three.

He eventually left but the following night, after drinking vodka throughout the day, he returned.

And this time he had strapped four camping gas cannisters together with rope and set them alight under the fuel tank of the victim’s car.

Two cannisters exploded and burst into flames.

Jealous Scott Smart pleaded pleaded guilty to arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

A neighbour bravely used a hose to stop the fire spreading to the house just inches away, where the victim and her two children were sleeping.

Smart was arrested at the scene and two lighters found on him.

On Friday, at Cambridge Crown Court, Smart, of Creek Road, March, was jailed for three years and eight months, having pleaded guilty to arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

He was also handed an indefinite restraining order.

DC Ricky Bellett said: “I am delighted justice was served on Smart whose behaviour that evening was incredibly dangerous and reckless.

“Had it not been for the quick-thinking of a neighbour and the fire service, Smart’s actions would have cost lives so I would like to commend them for their brave efforts.

“I would also like to applaud the courage of the victim for the bravery she has shown throughout this case and her cooperation, which has meant we could bring Smart to justice.”

Jealous Scott Smart pleaded guilty to arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

The force has launched a campaign with Peterborough United and Cambridge United to tackle male violence against women and girls.

The clubs have put footballing rivalry aside to team up for the campaign against domestic abuse to help the force spread the message that men and boys can all play their part in helping to achieve equality and safety for women and girls.

If you have concerns about a friend or loved one’s partner you can use the Clare’s Law scheme for more information on accessing the scheme, visit Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s website.

For more information on domestic abuse and the signs to look out for, visit Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s website.

 

 

 

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