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Man who set Carlisle shop owner on fire jailed for almost ten years

Frank Robertson Photo: Cumbria Police

A businessman who set a Carlisle shop owner on fire has been jailed almost a decade.

60-year-old Frank Robertson doused Vaughan Livesey in flammable fluid which he lit with a 10-inch blow torch flame inside the victim's PB Sports shop, Wigton Road, on the morning of February 13.

As Mr Livesey felt "horrendous pain" in his left leg and "unbearable" heat, Robertson produced a "two-and-a-half foot" long machete and repeatedly vowed to kill the shop owner.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Mr Livesey fled into the back of his shop and barricaded himself in, while still on fire as his attacker screamed further threats and hacked at the door with the blade.

Mr Livesey suffered burns to his lower left leg, and singed hair and eyelashes, during a five-minute ordeal which was part of a dispute over property and money.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Livesey had described feeling "shattered" following the attack by a "so-called distant friend" who he had previously played snooker with.

Robertson, of Stainton, near Penrith, later admitted attempting to cause the shop owner grievous bodily harm as an alternative to a charge of attempted murder, which he denied.

He also pleaded guilty to the possession of two offensive weapons - the blow torch and machete.

He was sentenced today and jailed for nine years and nine months.

Robertson was also banned from contacting his victim and his victim's partner indefinitely.