Drunk thug downed 12 lagers, an entire bottle of rum, then doused girlfriend in petrol… after accusing her of drinking his beer


A man used his girlfriend in petrol in an alcohol-fueled argument where he accused her of drinking his beer.

Thomas Hoyle, 37, had drunk a dozen lagers and an entire bottle of rum to himself when he began arguing with his partner.

When she went to bed he followed her and continued to be aggressive, but she told him to leave as she was trying to sleep, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

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However, he later returned with a petrol can and went to throw it at her, but instead covered her and the bed in petrol.

He was later spotted setting fire to her lawn and a neighbor heard him threaten to ‘slit’ the woman’s throat.

Hoyle pleaded guilty to making threats to kill, arson and common assault, and was jailed for two years and 10 months.

The victim, who had been in a relationship with Hoyle for four years, was said to be ‘extremely vulnerable’ and suffered with mental health issues and learning difficulties.

“The police became aware of her at 2.10am when they received a call from her friend, and found her in a distressed state in a country park in Bury, covered in petrol,” prosecutor David James said.

“She was hysterical and crying.

“The officers managed to calm her down. She said she had been drinking with the defendant.

“The defendant began to argue with her, suggesting she had taken his beer.

“She said he can be aggressive in drinking and she was scared of him.”

The woman then went to bed, but when he came into the bedroom he came more aggressive and she told him to leave so she could go back to sleep.

He returned carrying a green petrol can, before pouring the contents over her whilst she was in bed, calling her a ‘s**t’ and a ‘witch’.


Hoyle later said in a plea statement that he intended to throw the can at her, but didn’t realize the lid was off.

A neighbor became aware of the pair arguing from 9pm and witnessed him lighting a fire on the lawn outside the woman’s house.

“The defendant was agitated, throwing his arms around and saying he was going to set her house on fire,” Mr James continued.

“He said: “I’m going to slit your throat”.

“The victim appeared to barricade herself inside the flat, he tried kicking the door through but was unable to do so.”

He was arrested later that morning at 5.30am, and told officers he had been drinking and said his ‘head went’.

The woman didn’t provide a victim impact statement, but the prosecutor said she was ‘clearly terrified’.

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Mitigating, his lawyer Estelle Parkhouse said Hoyle and the woman had known each other since they were teenagers and said he loved her.

“He is deeply remorseful,” she said.

“He had drunk 12 bottles of lager and an entire bottle of rum.

“In his drunken stupor, these offenses were committed.

“He states that he threw the can at her, not realizing that the lid was off – it was never his intention to cause her any harm.”

Sentencing, Judge Bernadette Baxter said: “Clearly she is a very vulnerable person – you knew that.

“She left the house and went to a country park – such was her terror.

“You have a long history of drunken violence and disorder.”

Hoyle, of Manchester Road, was jailed for 34 months.

As he was led away to the dock, he told the judge: “I am very sorry.”

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