Glasgow & West Scotland

Stuart Dickson jailed for setting Ashleigh Fogg alight

A man who poured petrol on his girlfriend and set her alight has been jailed for seven years.

Stuart Dickson, 23, attacked on 21-year-old mother-of-one Ashleigh Fogg during an argument at his home in Paisley, Renfrewshire, in December.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the attack left Ms Fogg with scarring.

Dickson was originally charged with attempted murder but the Crown accepted his plea to the reduced charge of assault to permanent disfigurement.

The court heard that during a row, Dickson poured the fuel on to Ms Fogg's pyjamas bottoms and then set them on fire using a lighter.

Victim pleaded

As the flames spread and she desperately tried to beat them out, Dickson poured more petrol on her.

In evidence Ms Fogg told how seconds earlier she pleaded with Dickson and begged him not to harm her.

She said: "He poured the petrol on my legs and leaned over and lit it with a lighter.

"I went on fire and started screaming for help."

Ms Fogg told the court that she managed to pull off the burning pyjama bottoms and ran into the bathroom and put cold towels on her legs.

She added: "I was in absolute agony. When I put water on my legs I went into shock and started shaking."

Ms Fogg said that she has been left with scarring on her thighs and was now too embarrassed to take her young child swimming.

She said that she was in love with Dickson and could not believe what he did to her.

Jailing Dickson, temporary judge Mark Stewart QC told him: "This was a vicious and cowardly attack on your young victim whose only error was to believe you were someone she could trust.

"Anyone who heard the evidence of this young woman would note the contrast between her courage in giving evidence and your cowardly and nasty attack on her.

"You are a thoroughly dangerous and evilly disposed character. You are a bully and a danger to those who come in contact with you."

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