Liverpool ex boyfriend torched woman's BMW on her drive

A court has heard that a "vile" ex-boyfriend torched his former partner's BMW after seeing her out with other men.
Richard Foster torched his former partner's BMW after seeing her out with other men.

A court has heard that a "vile" ex-boyfriend torched his former partner's BMW after seeing her out with other men.Richard Foster's lawyer said the father of two was "wounded" when Alexandria Ward broke up with him.

In a series of phone calls the 34-year-old threatened Ms Ward.

The couple were in a relationship for around five months, which ended in December 2018.Sarah Griffin, prosecuting, said Miss Ward went out drinking with friends on February 1, 2019.

After she received a number of "aggressive" calls from Foster saying he had seen her out in a group with a number of men.The victim got home with friends at around 3am and carried on having drinks in her kitchen.However, when she went upstairs to check on a friend she saw flames at the front of the house, ran downstairs and opened the door to find her BMW in flames.The Police and fire services were called.

As a part of the investigation police went to a Shell garage in Maghull, where a worker revealed a man had been in to buy a green petrol can, discovered at the end of Miss Ward's drive.She said the man filled it with unleaded fuel, paid in cash and got into the back of a car containing two other men.Foster, of Princes Parade, Liverpool city centre, admitted arson.

Judge Louise Brandon said she was satisfied Foster's culpability was "high", adding: "This was in the court's judgement a revenge attack."She said: "the arson was more serious because it was in a "domestic violence context".

Foster was jailed for two years.