A vengeful ex-husband who blew up his marital home with him and his former wife inside was today jailed for five years and four months.
Ian Clowes, 68, was due to be evicted on the day he triggered an 'almighty explosion' and almost killed both him and ex-wife Elaine Clowes, a court heard.
Clowes will also have to pay compensation to both his ex-wife and his next door neighbour who was home at the time.
Judge Fuller said: 'This offence was motivated by a degree of malice. You did not want your wife to get the house that you had bought. 'This was a wicked thing to have done adding to which the psychological cost which was huge.'