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Neighbour from hell, 36, faces years in jail after hurling petrol bomb at couple next door's home because they complained that he was making too much noise James Banning torched the home of Louise Diamond and David Roddis He had called Ms Diamond before the attack and threatened to beat her up  Banning held a grudge against the couple after they complained about his noise The prosecution said the grudge had 'escalated and spiralled out of control' 

By Terri-ann Williams For Mailonline

Published: 12:52 BST, 26 June 2019 | Updated: 13:42 BST, 26 June 2019

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James Banning (pictured above) had previously called Louise Diamond and threatened to beat her

James Banning (pictured above) had previously called Louise Diamond and threatened to beat her 

A neighbour from hell is facing years in jail after he hurled a petrol bomb at the couple next door's property after they complained about how much noise he was making.

James Banning torched the home of Louise Diamond and David Roddis after harassing them for years at their property in Warwickshire.

Just months before the arson attack, Banning had called Ms Diamond, threatening to beat her so badly that she would be 'a vegetable'.

The couple escaped the flames which damaged their home in the picturesque village of Stoneleigh, on September 30 last year, which also destroyed their BMW.

At a trial at Warwick Crown Court yesterday, Banning was found guilty of arson, being reckless, endangering life and harassment.

Prosecutor Graeme Simpson said that when Ms Diamond checked their CCTV system, which survived the blaze, 'it chilled her to the bone'.

Jurors heard Banning held a grudge against the couple after discovering they had made a complaint about him making noise.

Months after lodging the complaint with Warwick District Council, Banning made a threatening call to Ms Diamond, telling her: 'What sort of vegetable would you like to be, because you're going to be a vegetable?

'I'm going to hunt you down and kill

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