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Man cleared of girlfriend's murder and arson in London

A man has been cleared of murdering his girlfriend and subsequently starting a fire in east London.

Natalie Correa's body was found on the sofa of the Dagenham home she shared with Scott Lindsay in November 2009.

Mr Lindsay, 28, accused of murder and arson, was cleared of both counts following a retrial at the Old Bailey.

He and 27-year-old Miss Correa's two sons from a previous relationship were rescued following the fire. The pair's 18-month-old son was not at home.

The prosecution had claimed the fire was started to cover up evidence of the murder.

But Mr Lindsay told the jury he found about his girlfriend's death after his mother called him following his arrest.

He told the court he was "angry, because I was being arrested for something I knew I didn't do".

A retrial was ordered after a jury failed to agree on verdicts last September.

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