Man jailed for setting his neighbour alight

|News, Violent crime

A man who doused his neighbour with petrol and set her alight has been jailed for 19 years.

Raymond Bowen, 24, was jailed at Luton Crown Court today after admitting the attempted murder of the woman at an earlier hearing.

The incident took place in November 2017 in Bletchley, Milton Keynes. The 27-year-old victim suffered burns to two-thirds of her body, including her head, neck and upper limbs. She was left with life-changing injuries, scarring and severe psychological trauma.

The court heard the victim was invited to Bowen’s flat by his partner. An argument ensued between Bowen and his partner while the victim was in the property.

At the time, it was not known why Bowen then threw petrol over the victim as he has not offered an explanation for his actions. He did not know his victim prior to the attack.

Bowen fled the scene but was later arrested and charged.

In mitigation at his sentencing hearing, his defence claimed he blamed the attack on a mixture of anger and alcohol.

He was jailed for 19 years with an extended licence period of five years.

Louise Attrill, from the CPS, said:

“Bowen’s reaction was extreme and he has still offered no real explanation to police as to why he resorted to such an horrific assault resulting in catastrophic injuries.

“It is only through the intervention of the medical teams that the victim survived at all. She now has to live with the physical and psychological injuries Bowen inflicted on her.

“She has had an incredibly difficult few months and her journey of recovery is only beginning.

“Bowen is clearly a dangerous man. He has shown no remorse and I hope his jail sentence will offer some comfort to the victim.”

Notes to editors

  • Raymond Bowen (DOB: 26/01/94) pleaded guilty to attempted murder
  • Louise Attrill is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern

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