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Jealous Scots hairdresser who torched girlfriend's £16k car after ex wished her 'Happy Christmas' avoids jail

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car after FaceTiming to accuse her of cheating has avoided jail. Ben Lawless completely destroyed the Volkswagen Polo Match Evo after driving off with it on Boxing Day.Contacting his partner on a FaceTime video call, the 24-year-old told her he was going to set the vehicle alight.He alleged she was “cheating” on him after her ex-boyfriend texted her to say “Happy Christmas”.

She hung up the call but moments later Lawless started the blaze outside his Edinburgh home which left the Polo gutted. Lawless appeared for sentencing at the city’s sheriff court on Friday.

Sheriff Donald Corke told him the offence “clearly passes the custody threshold”. He said: “Setting fire to your ex-partner’s car is particularly irresponsible and unacceptable.

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