Ashley McArthur and Kayleigh Dolan were jailed over the revenge attack (Pictures: Cavendish Press)
A former soldier and his pregnant fiancée have been jailed after launching a revenge petrol bomb attack on her ex-boyfriend’s home.
Ashley McArthur, 21, could be heard laughing and shouting ‘got you’ after hurling a Molotov cocktail through the living room window of the property in Rochdale as Stephen Shaw, 20, sat inside watching TV.
The victim suffered burns to his hands and legs after being engulfed in flames and rushed to douse them in a paddling pool in the back garden. His mum, stepdad and teenage brothers were all home at the time.
In a statement, Mr Shaw said the unprovoked attack in June last year has left him ‘constantly living in fear’ and wracked with guilt ‘for putting my family at risk’.
McArthur, from Rochdale, was jailed for four years and 10 months after pleading guilty to arson, affray, assault, having a blade and dangerous driving.
His partner, Kayleigh Dolan, 20, from St Helens in Merseyside, was locked up for three years after admitting arson and affray.
Ashley McArthur boasted of being a ‘trained killer’ (Picture: Cavendish Press)
Kayleigh Dolan was jailed for three years (Picture: Kayleigh Dolan/ Cavendish Press)
Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard Mr Shaw had dumped Dolan after finding out she was seeing McArthur, who had been booted out of the army for going AWOL.
There was ‘animosity’ between the two men and McArthur had tried goading him into a ‘one on one’.
Shirlie Duckworth, prosecuting, said: ‘He turned up at Mr Shaw’s home and told his mother he would not touch her son in front of her, but said “Do you know what you are dealing with? I am a trained killer, I have just come out of the army”.
‘She felt intimidated.
‘Meanwhile, Ms Dolan asked the victim to meet her but when he said he was busy she told him “You’d better f**king show up”.
‘She then phoned the victim and said “Are you going to come out for this one on one or your windows are going to be smashed in”.’
The feud escalated in the early hours of June 10 last year when McArthur, Dolan and Blackey pulled up in a Fiat and started firing a BB gun at Mr Shaw while Dolan’s four-year-old nephew sat in the passenger seat.
McArthur then sped at the victim, who was standing with his mum and stepdad, causing them to have to jump out of the car’s way.
The arson attack took place later that evening at around 9pm.
Ms Duckworth said: ‘The victim was at home sitting on the sofa of his living room. His mother, her partner, his two brothers aged 11 and 16, his girlfriend and a friend of hers were also there.
‘A petrol bomb was then thrown through the front window and it landed on the sofa where Mr Shaw was sitting and burnt his hands and legs.
‘He screamed and felt pain and heard McArthur outside saying “Haha, I got you”.
‘There was smoke coming from the sofa and the curtains were on fire.
‘Mr Shaw ran out the back door and put his hands into a paddling pool hoping his pain, which was extreme at this point, would be eased. He was left in shock and in fear.
‘Witnesses heard a loud bang and saw the flames.’
McArthur was jailed for four years and ten months (Picture: Ashley McArthur/ Cavendish Press)
The court heard Dolan was previously in a relationship with the victim (Picture: Kayleigh Dolan/ Cavendish Press)
Nobody else was hurt but the blaze caused significant damage to the house.
Detectives later recovered a video in which McArthur and Dolan bragged about how to set fire to a house, getting petrol bombs and throwing Molotov cocktails.
Texts messages also discussed the idea of her doing a ‘petty run’, with McArthur saying ‘yeah, yeah, I will bomb their house with it’.
Mr Shaw said in a statement that he lives ‘in ongoing fear and it is unfair that our family have had to leave our home of 16 years’.
He added: ‘Since that night I have been having panic attacks and am living an entirely different life to the one I led before.
‘I cannot relax in my home anymore and life as I knew it has been ruined as I am constantly living in fear. It will have a massive effect on me going forward.’
McArthur and Dolan were jailed at Minshull Street Crown Court (Picture: PA)
His mother, Sarah McGowan, added: ‘That night is a night me and my children will never forget. To hear my children screaming in fear for their lives is indescribable.
‘My son was in flames and I will never be able to get that image out of my head.
‘I close my eyes every night only to relive these constant nightmares and see it happen all over again. I regularly have nightmares where I am screaming and crying.
‘I feel scared and jumpy at all noises and panic at anything out of the ordinary, which I fear could be a retribution.
‘It will not leave me until the day I die. The fact we don’t feel safe in our own home is a constant reminder to us of what happened. What they did was disgusting and inhumane.’
A third man, Carlo Blackey, also 20, of Dukinfield, was jailed for four and a half years after admitting arson and affray.
Jailing them, Judge Sophie McKone said: ‘This was wanton violence over a pathetic disagreement which could have caused a family to lose their lives.
‘Your actions were terrifying with your victim constantly living in fear and his mother having nightmares.
‘This was a revenge attack, which risked death or serious injury to those inside that property.
‘You did not care who you hurt or who you could have killed.’
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