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Arsonist pours petrol into man's home in County Durham

This is the shocking moment an arsonist pours petrol into a 71-year-old's home before throwing a flaming rag at his victim.

Footage shows Daniel Mccardle pouring the flammable liquid into Sailus Price's home through the living room window, which had been smashed by an accomplice, before setting it alight.

Mr Price, who was engulfed in flames from his waist to his head, suffered burns to 30 per cent of his body and permanent scarring.

Footage shows Daniel Mccardle pouring petrol into Sailus Price's home through the living room window, which had been smashed by an accomplice, before throwing a flaming rag at him

Footage shows Daniel Mccardle pouring petrol into Sailus Price's home through the living room window, which had been smashed by an accomplice, before throwing a flaming rag at him

He was doused in water by his family as the fire spread through their home in Ferryhill, County Durham.  

On Friday Newcastle Crown Court heard how 28-year-old Mccardle had been travelling in a Mondeo car with two other men when they launched the attack on the victim's home at around 10.30pm on July 29.

Jolyn Perks, prosecuting, told the court how the car pulled up outside Mr Price's address before an unidentified male passenger got out, ran towards the address and smashed the living room window by throwing a brick through it.

Both Mr Price and his wife were in the living room at the time.

Mr Price, who was engulfed in flames from his waist to his head, suffered permanent scarring as a result of the burns

Mr Price, who was engulfed in flames from his waist to his head, suffered permanent scarring as a result of the burns

Mccardle then poured a liquid accelerant through the window into the living room.

Mr Perks said: 'The complainant Sailus Price, to prevent the actions of the defendant, attempted to push the container back away from the window.

'He continued to shake the liquid into the address and covered the complaint with the liquid.'

Mr Perks said Mccardle then moved back a safe distance before throwing a lit rag into the property towards Mr Price as he stood in the window.

This caused an explosion and Mr Price's clothes disintegrated as he was engulfed in flames.

The court heard how his wife described seeing him on fire from his waist to his head.

His family tried desperately to use water from the shower to put the flames out

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