PETROL ATTACK BY CRAZED EX
out without him so I lived his life with his friends instead.
“It was the easiest way to avoid trouble. I loved him so I wanted it to work.
“We’d always row after we’d been drinking, that was how we were. As I got older I started settling down but he was carrying on like before.”
Jade now realises Lee was manipulating her and making her believe his angry outbursts were her fault.
She was forced to ditch all her friends and family. Jade said: “I used to think it was something wrong with me. I’d think ‘why have I got no friends?’, but it was because he made it that way.
“I just got on with it, because I loved him.”
They were together for 12 years before Ferguson’s fireball attack. The couple had been out at a karaoke bar before Jade suggested a different pub.
She said: “It was nice. We hadn’t rowed or anything so I thought he would follow me when I left.
“Then I rang him when I got there because all his mates were there.”
But Ferguson issued a terrifying threat. Jade told us: “He said ‘If you don’t come home, I’ll set you on fire’.
“I just thought he was being an idiot. But later I was sat outside and I looked up and saw Lee walking up towards the pub holding a plastic bottle.
“I thought he was coming to apologise. I had no idea what was about to happen.”
Jade has no memory of the attack but it was caught on CCTV.
Ferguson hurled petrol over her before throwing his lighter at her.
Jade fell to the ground before Ferguson tried to help her put out the flames. She said: “I remember waking up alone in hospital.
“Later, my mam came and burst into tears. She was so relived I was OK and that it hadn’t burned my face.” Ferguson has never explained why he did it but they are still in touch on matters regarding their children.
Jade explained: “I don’t like that we occasionally still talk but I have to for the sake of the kids. “They know I was in hospital for burns and their dad is in prison but they don’t know he was the one that did it. “When they’re older I’ll tell them and it’ll be their decision whether they want a relationship with their dad. “I’d like women to read this and think twice. You would never think something like this would happen. But it does.”
■ HAPPIER TIMES: Jade was with Ferguson 12 years. Below, her injuries