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Man who set his girlfriend on fire jailed for 15 years

A boyfriend from Darlington has admitted pouring petrol on his partner then setting her alight and trapping her in their burning flat.

Rebecca Major, 32, saved her life by smashing a window with a table and jumping from an upstairs window.

Edward McArthur, 40, was on trial at Teesside Crown Court where he denied attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

Edward McArthur Credit: Durham Constabulary

He has now changed his plea and admitted the arson and an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The jury cleared him of attempted murder on the direction of the judge.

McArthur, of Geneva Road, Darlington, has now been sentence by the judge to 15 years and nine months for the "wicked act" which was intended to disfigure his partner.

Ms Major, who was in the public gallery to see her ex partner's admissions, suffered 40% burns in the blaze and a broken skull and sternum in the fall from the flat which is above a shop.

Ms Major, who spent three weeks in intensive care after the fire in August, told our reporter Gregg Easteal she was baffled by her ex-partner's actions:

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Weather: SNOW on the way

SNOW on the way Credit: Met Office

A cold and increasingly showery northwesterly flow is expected to develop during Wednesday and last through Thursday.

Accumulating snow is likely away from windward coastal districts, especially overnight. Across Northern England 3-6 cm could accumulate especially over high ground.

Over Scotland and Northern Ireland 5-10 cm is likely even at low levels, with more than 10 cm over high ground.

Strong and gusty winds will likely accompany snow showers, and lead to significantly reduced visibility at times, difficult driving conditions and temporary blizzards over high ground.

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