A BEDWORTH man has been jailed for more than four-and-a-half years after admitting arson and making threats to kill.
Police were called to a property on Newdigate Road in Bedworth during the early hours of October 1 last year after concerns were raised for the welfare of a woman.
When officers arrived, James Cox went into the loft of the property where he then started a fire. Fortunately, no-one was injured.
The 34-year-old, of Newdigate Road, was immediately arrested and subsequently charged with making threats to kill and arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.
Throughout the investigation he denied any wrongdoing.
Then just before the trial starting, he changed his plea and admitted both charges.
He was sentenced to the 56 months at Warwick Crown Court.
He was also given a 15-year restraining order.
Sgt Vicki Newton said: it was a hugely distressing incident for the victim who had shown incredible bravery since it happened.
“Throughout the process she received support not only from our officers but also from the team at Warwickshire’s Domestic Violence Services and thankfully we were able to help her achieve a positive outcome from what was ultimately, an extremely negative experience.”
She added domestic violence was a horrific crime which saw people often psychologically and physically abused in their own home – a place where they should feel safe – and perpetrated by those who should ensure their safety.
“I hope this case sends a clear message to our communities that we will never tolerate domestic abuse, and we will do all we can to work with victims and bring perpetrators to justice so they can face the consequences of their actions.
And she appealed to those affected by domestic violence to take action.
“Even if you don’t want to talk to police, there are other agencies and support networks available.
“Domestic abuse is never acceptable – if you are suffering at the hands of someone else, please speak out and seek help.”
Click here for more information, support, and ways to report domestic abuse. In an emergency always call 999.