Drunken dad blew up family home after fearing partner would leave him

A drunk dad "blew up" his family home because he feared his partner might leave him for a younger man.

Clinton Parren was inside the property in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, with his partner, two children and one of his daughter's friends when the explosion took place.

He had placed a gas canister on the stove before turning it on but miraculously all those in the house survived, the Manchester Evening News.

The resulting explosion caused "extreme chaos" and "sheer panic," blew out windows, lifted ceilings from their mounts and brought doors off their hinges after midnight on December 30 of last year.

Parren, a joiner who had also taken cocaine, had fallen asleep on the sofa by the time the explosion rocked the property.

"He’s blew the house up, he’s blew the f****** house up," Parren's partner said, as neighbours heard screaming coming from the house.

Parren, 43, and his partner, 32, at the time of the explosion, had been drinking when a row broke out after he started to say she might leave him for a younger man.

Manchester Crown Court heard he had a "persistent insecurity" because she was younger than him. The couple had been together for ten years.

"Your behaviour was reckless, dangerous and dreadful," a judge told Parren, jailing him for three-and-a-half years.

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Prosecutors told how on December 29, the family had been to a Go Outdoors shop and had bought a gas stove and four gas canisters.

That night, a friend of their daughter came to stay, while their boy went upstairs to play computer games.

With the children upstairs, Parren and his partner started drinking, until he started saying she might leave him for a younger man.

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She went upstairs to her son's bedroom, Parren followed but she told him to leave.

He went downstairs and took one of the gas canisters, marked as being 'extremely flammable', placing it on a cooker hob before turning it on.

The gas canister was later found embedded in the ceiling. His partner woke up with her "ears ringing".

Parren told her: "It's alright, I'll sort it, don't worry."

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Neighbours heard screaming, and their son said: "I don’t want to get taken away from my mum."

An officer said Parren appeared "calm" during interview, but his barrister said it was because he was "stupefied" by being drunk.

Defending, Gwen Henshaw said he is "haunted" by the risk he put his family in.

Parren admitted causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

After the hearing, DC Natalie Richardson, from GMP's West Didsbury CID, said: "This was a reckless act that could have resulted in serious injuries, not only to Parren's and his own family, but also to his neighbours.

"He caused substantial irreparable damage to the property and it is a surprising that this did not affect the neighbouring properties.”

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