Man tried to kill his partner by setting fire to their home

Jailed arsonist Andrew Braithwaite

Jailed arsonist Andrew Braithwaite

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A man has been jailed for 16 years after admitting attempting to kill his partner by setting fire to their home.

Andrew Braithwaite pleaded guilty to attempted murder at Liverpool Crown Court today (Monday).

The 51-year-old set fire to the St John’s Avenue, Haydock, home he shared with Catherine Wilcock in February this year.

Speaking after the sentencing, Det Insp Martin Earl said: “This is a very sad case and a lot of people’s lives have been affected by it.

“Three children have now been left without the support of their father and their mother, Braithwaite’s partner of 26 years, has been left with life changing injuries as a result of the fire.

“Braithwaite initially denied he was responsible claiming that the fire started accidentally but we were able to determine that it was started deliberately.”

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