Bury St Edmunds man tried to set fire to ex partner court is told

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
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A jury has heard claims that a man doused his ex-partner with petrol and tried to set her on fire.

Dale Roberts, 26, of Tollgate Lane, Bury St Edmunds, is accused of having lain in wait for Lisa Wood as she returned from a nightclub last August.

Ipswich Crown Court has heard allegations that Roberts, who had previously been in a five month relationship with Ms Wood, had punched her in the face before she fell to the ground.

It was then that Roberts doused her head and dress with petrol and stood over Ms Wood attempting to get a flame from a lighter, claimed David Wilson, prosecuting.

Ms Wood was saved when the lighter failed to work and then another man appeared on the scene, allowing her to flee into her home.

The court has heard allegations that Roberts remained outside the property threatening to burn it down.

Roberts has pleaded not guilty to attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm, assault causing actual bodily harm and making threats to damage property.

As the trial opened, Mr Wilson told the jury that earlier on the night of the alleged incident, Ms Wood had seen Roberts at a nightclub in Bury St Edmunds and been involved in an argument with him.

The trial continues.