Man torches stepdaughter’s Mini Cooper to ‘teach her a lesson’ after family row

A man torched his stepdaughter's car in the street to "teach her a lesson" following a family argument.

CCTV shows Michal Gregor setting a small fire near the victim's Mini Cooper before pouring petrol on the flames and running away from the scene in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

A witness raised the alarm and the 28-year-old arsonist was caught nearby wearing clothes that reeked of petrol at about 10.30pm on June 4, say police.

When detectives quizzed Gregor he told them that he had set fire to his stepdaughter's parked car so he could "teach her a lesson" after a row.

Cambridgeshire police released footage of the crime – which they say "could have been much worse" – after the stepdad pleaded guilty to arson on Friday.

In the video, Gregor, wearing a white jumper, drops a burning object on the ground next to the car and dumps petrol on the flames.

A fireball erupts, shooting several feet into the air and burning within inches of the arsonist, who turns and runs away while appearing to carry a petrol container that is on fire.

The car burns out of control just feet from homes and other vehicles as smoke billows into the air.

Gregor was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years, and 200 hours of unpaid work.

DC Jon Edwards said: “Gregor set fire to the victim’s car in a busy residential street and ran away, with no control over the blaze.

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