Jilted lover sets girlfriend’s house on fire after she refused his bouquet of flowers at work (video)By Mason White 1:10 PM January 9, 2015
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A man became extremely angry at his girlfriend after she refused to accept his bouquet of flowers at work, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
Now, the 44-year-old man of Walsall, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison at the Wolverhampton Crown Court, for attempted murder after he was found guilty of trying to burn down his girlfriend’s house.
According to the police investigation, Gary Griffiths was in a short relationship with the victim, but after a few months, she dumped him.
Unable to accept this, Griffiths tried to remain in contact with the victim by sending her numerous text messages and even turning up to her place of work unannounced with a bouquet of flowers.
However, the victim did not wish to rekindle the relationship, and rejected his advances.
One morning, Griffiths drove to the Jet Service Station on Lichfield Road, Shellfield, and filled up a container with gasoline.
He drove to the victim’s house in Walsall, and poured the gasoline on the outside of the front door and also through the mailbox.
He placed a piece of paper in the slot and a lit cigarette.
The defendant tried to call the victim and sent her a text message to inform her what he had done.
He remained outside the house watching the fire take hold. The victim was awoken by the missed call from Griffiths, and read the text message.
She then saw him standing outside her house and driving away. She immediately called emergency services who rescued her and put the fire out.
Luckily, only the mailbox was damaged. The defendant was later arrested by the police. At Wolverhampton Crown Court, he was found guilty of attempted murder and arson.