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JAILED: Arsonist who set pregnant ex-girlfriend's house on fire with 10-year-old and disabled mother inside

PUBLISHED: 10:51 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 13 February 2017

Michael Lane

Michael Lane

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He was sentenced on Friday

A drunken arsonist who tried to burn down the house of his ex-partner with her family inside has been jailed.

Michael Lane deliberately started the fire at the home of his ex, who was pregnant with their child at the time.

The 32-year-old from Thursland Road in Sidcup set the house in Riverside Road, Erith alight, while his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend, her parents, including her disabled mother, brothers and a ten-year-old child slept inside.

Lane and his ex had been in an on-off relationship for a number of years.

On June 28 last year, Lane had been drinking in Crayford with his brother and two friends.

At around 10.15pm, Lane caught a bus to Bexleyheath with his brother before they left each other, he then caught another bus toward the victim’s home.

Sneaking in through a back door, the firebug set alight a pile of clothes at the end of an empty bed.

The fire gutted the bedroom, a bathroom, the kitchen and hallway of the house.

Police arrested Lane the following day and was taken into custody.

Despite telling police he went straight home to Sidcup after the night out, officers discovered he had called his brother while inside the victim’s house, telling him he was walking around inside eating a corned beef sandwich while the family were asleep.

He was charged on June 30, and later pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life.

On Friday, he was jailed for six years.

This was a particularly nasty crime which occurred after the breakdown of a relationship,” said Bexley Police’s Det Const Katie Castle.

“The consequences could have been fatal.

“I’m pleased that Lane will no longer be a threat to his ex-partner or her family or to other members of the public.

“The only consolation that can be taken from this is that by pleading guilty he has spared the family the further ordeal of a trial and hopefully they can now move on with their lives.”

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