Man jailed for fatal gas blast

Andrew Partington, who blew up his house in a massive gas blast that killed his two-year-old next-door neighbour Jamie Heaton, was jailed for ten years at Manchester Crown Court.

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Timeline: Oldham gas explosion

  • On 26th June 2012, a gas explosion flattened three houses and surrounding buildings, the streets were left seriously damaged
  • Two-year-old Jamie Heaton died whilst watching TV, his mother Michelle survived, hanging out the washing in the back yard at the time
  • Last November Jamie's next door neighbour Andrew Partington appeared in court accused of starting the explosion
  • The court heard how he cut the pipes in his home, letting the property fill with gas overnight
  • He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and today will be sentenced for manslaughter and eight charges of destroying property

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Sentencing for Oldham gas explosion

The sentencing of 27-year-old Andrew Partington will take place today.

Partington has admitted the manslaughter of his two-year-old neighbour Jamie Heaton in the explosion he caused on June 26th last year.

General view of the street after the explosion Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Jamie, and eight charges of destroying neighbouring houses in the blast on Buckley Street in Shaw, Oldham, he will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today.

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