‘IT WAS A BOMB YOU CREATED AND DETONATED’
Ten years for gas blast nut who killed little Jamie
A MAN who blew up his house in a gas blast that killed his two-year-old neighbour has been jailed for 10 years.
The explosion obliterated the rented home of Andrew Partington and its neighbouring terrace houses in Shaw, Oldham, last summer.
The body of toddler Jamie Heaton was later found in the wreckage.
Partington, 28, pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court in November to manslaughter and eight charges of destroying houses in the blast in Buckley Street on June 26.
Jamie had been watching television in the lounge while his mother was doing housework and his father was out at work.
He lived on the same street with his parents Kenny and Michelle, next door to Partington and his partner, Tania Williams, and their children.
Partington and Ms Williams had a stormy relationship, according to locals, with police being called to one bust-up. Neighbours said there was another row the night before the blast and Partington had been drinking.
The next day, at around 11.20am, the gas ignited.
Partington survived and was rescued by emergency services.
He spent weeks in Edinburgh hospital and still suffers from injuries sustained in the blast.
The cost of damage to the houses and surrounding streets has been estimated at £1.2 million.
Partington drunkenly cut two gas pipes in his house because his girlfriend had left him and taken their children, the court heard.
He sent a series of Blackberry instant messages to his partner on the night before the explosion.
He wrote: “So I guess I have to show you what you meant to me. Never cheated on you. Always loved you. Get f****d now. Goodbye.”
In the next message, he said: “Told you next time you leave, house goes up with me. You left your kids with no dad, no home. Goodbye. Boom. Gas pipes cut. Already filled up. Boom.”
He let his house fill with gas overnight, but said he woke up and cut the gas supply and opened windows.
Partington then lit a cigarette, with devastating consequences.
Sentencing him at Manchester Crown Court, Mr Justice Hamblen said: “The resulting scene of the devastation resembled a bomb site and in some senses it was. It was in effect a bomb that you created and detonated.
“You were aware of the risk but you chose unreasonably to take that risk.”
CAGED: Andrew Partington ( left) caused a gas explosion which
wrecked his neighbourhood KILLED: Toddler Jamie Heaton died in the blast