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Moment 'jealous and bitter' former soldier, 30, hurls Molotov cocktails at his ex-girlfriend's home

A former British Army soldier was caught on CCTV hurling petrol bombs at his ex girlfriend’s home in a jealous rage after she dumped him.

Ashley Pankewycz, 30, launched a total of three Molotov cocktails at the house in Southampton, Hants, after their short-lived relationship broke down, a court heard.

In the clip - shown to a jury -Pankewycz is seen creeping up to his intended target, lighting beer bottles full of petrol, before flinging them at the house.

The front garden of the house in Southampton, Hants, is illuminated in a flash of light as they explode.

Pankewycz was sentenced to six years and nine months after pleading guilty to arson.

Arsonist Ashley Pankewycz, 30, launched three Molotov cocktails after being dumped

Southampton Crown Court heard that on September 11 of last year, the former soldier - who served in Afghanistan - approached his ex’s house before igniting his homemade bombs.

Pankewycz then threw them one after the other during the ‘firebombing’ attack in the early hours of the morning.

At the conclusion of his trial, Pankewycz, of Southampton, was found guilty of stalking but was cleared of attempted arson with intent to endanger life.

Instead, he pleaded guilty to arson - reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The terrifying arson attack began in the early hours of September 11 last year on CCTV

Footage showed the raging former soldier Molotov cocktail in hand before the throw

Ashley Pankewycz did not seem at all bothered about the danger of the handmade bombs

The front of the house lit up red under the flames after his attack was launched

During his sentencing Judge Christopher Parker QC told how in the spring of last year Pankewycz ‘began a comparatively short-lived relationship’ with his victim.

However, the relationship broke down with Pankewycz starting to show signs of jealous and controlling behaviour.

Pankewycz was deemed to be a danger to the public and jailed for six years and nine months. He will spend a further five years on licence and has been made the subject of a restraining order until further order.

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