Man jailed after horrific petrol bomb attack on Scunthorpe ‘drug dealing den’ left woman terrified and in agony

A TERRIFIED woman was left in agony and with extensive burns after a petrol bomb attack on a home in Scunthorpe.

Witnesses heard a “huge roaring noise” and a flash of flame as the petrol bombs were hurled into the flat by hooded men, a court heard.

Neighbours and passers-by managed to drag the badly burned woman from a flat, which was said to have been a drug dealing den.

Alcindo De Oliveria, 24, pictured, formerly of Fox Street, Scunthorpe, denied arson with intent to endanger life on February 8 but was convicted by a jury after a trial. He was jailed for ten years.

The horrific attack was another example of the “lawlessness” that a judge said was “becoming all too common on the streets of Scunthorpe”.

Richard Thompson, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that a resident of Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, contacted police at 10.25pm to report a disturbance at a flat, the sound of breaking glass and smoke coming from the building.

A female occupant was trapped inside but neighbours and passers-by managed to get her out by smashing a window.

She was badly burned and was taken to hospital.

The ground-floor flat was suspected of being used for drug dealing.

The house on Frodingham Road that was targeted in an arson attack on Wednesday February 8.
The house on Frodingham Road that was targeted in an arson attack on Wednesday February 8.

Five men were earlier seen behaving aggressively outside the flat and there was an argument with an occupant.

A resident heard the sound of breaking glass and further smashes of glass.

He spotted three hooded men in the rear yard and one of them hurled a bottle with flames coming from the top through a rear window of the flat next door.

“More petrol bombs were thrown,” said Mr Thompson.

Another neighbour saw petrol bombs being thrown towards the flat.

“I saw a huge flash of flames,” she said.

She heard a “huge roaring noise” and flames were “licking up” towards her bedroom window.

The incident had left her “terrified” and she was worried about what could have happened if the house had set alight.

The 35-year-old woman living at the petrol-bombed flat was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary and then Pinderfields specialist burns unit.

Her arms, legs and back were severely burned.

Four fire officers wearing breathing apparatus carried out a thorough search and a dog in an upstairs flat was rescued.

Two men suspected of being drug dealers at the flat were seen running away.

An unused petrol bomb and a lighter were found at the scene. Blood around the neck of the bottle was traced to De Oliveria.

The man living in the flat above had been forced to move out because his home was so badly smoke-damaged.

The woman living at the flat that was targeted told police she and her ex-boyfriend were approached by eight men asking to use the flat as a drug “dealing den”.

He was threatened that, if they went to the police, “he would never be seen again”.

Dealers moved into the flat and the “ordeal continued day after day”.

Aydn Cuthbert was sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court
The case was dealt with at Grimsby Crown Court.

She said: “I thought that, if I went to the police, they would shoot me. They just told me to stay in my room.

“The dealers were always there selling drugs.”

During the petrol bomb attack, she heard a “massive boom boom” as someone kicked the door and she was “terrified”.

She added: “I heard another thud and a smash. I saw a petrol canister that was on fire.”

She thought she was throwing it out of the window but it “bounced back” again because she did not realise a curtain was there.

“I was on fire, as was the whole living room,” said the woman.

“I was in agony. Neighbours managed to get me out by smashing a window.

“My injuries were terrible. I am still very terrified.”

She had since moved back to Scotland.

De Oliveria declined to give evidence in his defence.

Judge Mark Bury said the arson was a “very serious offence” and it seemed that De Oliveria had mixed with others who were involved in drug dealing.

He was with at least two other men when the flat was petrol bombed.

“All three of you went there armed with makeshift petrol bombs with a homemade wick,” said Judge Bury.

“They were alighted and thrown through the window of the flat. Six to eight petrol bombs were used.

“The flat was very badly fire-damaged so that it was no longer habitable. The flat upstairs was smoke-damaged.

“The drug dealers managed to escape unharmed.

“This was extremely serious behaviour. She and other people could have been killed.

“Lawlessness is becoming all too common on the streets of Scunthorpe.

“It’s time all that came to a stop.”

De Oliveria, who is Portuguese, was given an extra three months in prison, making a total of ten years and three months, after admitting affray on March 5 last year.

That incident involved a confrontation with a doorman at The Light nightclub, in Scunthorpe, in the early hours.

He and two other men were refused entry because they had previously been banned and became “irate”.

One of the men struck a heavy punch to the doorman’s face, knocking him to the ground, while he was not looking and De Oliveria also punched him.

Richard Hackfath, mitigating, said that De Oliveria involved himself in a very serious arson attack, which had far-reaching consequences.

The separate affray was a “disgraceful piece of behaviour”.

De Oliveria had relatively few previous convictions and had not served a prison sentence before.

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