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Thomas Rainey: Man who murdered wife by dousing her in petrol and setting her on fire in her car is jailed for life | UK News

A husband brutally murdered his wife by dousing her in petrol and setting her alight while she sat in her car.

Thomas Rainey, 61, threw a bucket of petrol over mother-of-six Katrina Rainey and set fire to her as she prepared to leave for work.

The 53-year-old, who suffered burns to 90% of her body in the “horrific” attack, initially survived.

Mrs Rainey was treated at the scene by her children – who attempted to cover her with wet towels.

She survived long enough to tell police about the nature of the attack, which she claimed was an act of revenge by her husband because of their pending divorce.

Mrs Rainey later died in hospital of her injuries.

Thomas Rainey, of Knockloughrim, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to her murder.

He must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison before being eligible for release.

Mr Justice O’Hara, who delivered the sentence at Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday, said “given the horror of what he did to his wife it is the least he deserves”.

The court heard the incident took place at the family home in October 2021.

Mrs Rainey was leaving for work and Rainey opened her car door, covered her with petrol and then set her on fire.

She was unable to get out of the car due to her seatbelt being fastened, so instead kept “hitting the horn and screaming”.

Despite her serious burns, Mrs Rainey was able to relay details of the attack to the emergency services, some of which was captured on police bodycam.

She told police that she had been to see a solicitor and that she believed the attack was her husband’s retaliation to the pending divorce.

She was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where she later died of her injuries.

Rainey initially denied being the attacker, and the court heard that he suggested “in some oblique way” that the fire may have been Mrs Rainey’s “own fault” for “keeping petrol in the car”.

The court heard that, after his arrest, Rainey took part in a mental health assessment, which found he was suffering from a moderate depressive disorder.

The judge was also told that the couple’s six-year-old daughter had died in an accident on their farm a number of years ago, which Rainey felt some level of personal responsibility for.

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However, the court ruled the disorder was not so severe as to prevent him from exercising self-control or understanding his actions.

Speaking outside Belfast Crown Court following the sentencing, Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Inspector Hazel Miller said Mrs Rainey died a “horrific death”.

She said Mrs Rainey was a “caring and loving mother”, and that her children and wider family circle had experienced “unimaginable grief and anguish”.

“They are still trying to come to terms with losing their loved one in such horrific circumstances,” she said.

“While the sentencing signifies the end of the judicial process, I know that Katrina’s family will be walking away with the heaviest of hearts. My thoughts remain firmly with them,” she added.

Simon Thomas announces premature birth of daughter after wife Derrina fell ‘rapidly ill’ | Ents & Arts News

Broadcaster Simon Thomas has thanked hospital staff following the birth of his baby daughter, who arrived eight weeks premature after his wife became “rapidly ill”.

“Not everything in life goes quite according to plan,” Thomas wrote in a post on social media as he shared a picture of his wife Derrina and the newborn at the Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire.

The birth of his baby daughter comes five years after he lost his first wife, Gemma, who died just days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Following her death, the former Blue Peter and Sky Sports presenter spoke passionately on television and social media about grief and mental health, and supporting their son Ethan through the aftermath of losing his mother, and went on to become a president of the Blood Cancer UK charity.

He married his wife Derrina in July 2021, sharing a picture from the day on Instagram with the caption: “Love. Wins.”

Announcing the birth of their daughter just over a year later, he said Derrina had fallen ill and used the hashtag “pre-eclampsia”.

He wrote: “One moment we think we’ve got eight weeks until our little one arrives; the next, after Derrina fell rapidly ill, we’re suddenly welcoming into the world a very tiny, but hugely precious baby girl weighing just over three pounds.

“The #neonatal team at #stokemandeville hospital were simply incredible and held our hands physically and in spirit the whole way through a very fear filled and stressful day yesterday.

“I cannot express how proud and blessed I feel right now – I have a beautiful, brave wife in @derrina, a precious son and now a tiny, wonderful daughter and sister for our boy Ethan.”

Thomas said the baby would be in hospital “for the next few weeks; but we have the best team around us”.

He added: Thank you Stoke Mandeville, thank you #nhs for being there for us and thank you God for blessing us as a family so much.”

Mobility scooter rider Thomas O’Halloran was repeatedly stabbed in neck and chest, court hears | UK News

A man who was killed while riding a mobility scooter was repeatedly stabbed in the neck, chest and abdomen, a court has heard.

Thomas O’Halloran, 87, died in Greenford, west London, on Tuesday 16 August after what prosecutors described as a “vicious attack”.

Lee Byer, 44, is charged with Mr O’Halloran’s murder in a case set to go to trial in May.

During a pre-trial hearing this morning, the Old Bailey heard that Mr O’Halloran told a passerby he had been stabbed, though wounds to his body were clearly visible.

Police received a 999 call from a member of the public who found the victim travelling in his scooter from a passageway that runs between Runneymede Gardens and Welland Gardens.

The police arrived within minutes to find Mr O’Halloran had collapsed and was being helped by members of the public.

Police and medics took over first aid but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.54pm.

A post-mortem examination found the grandfather, who was known “throughout the local community”, had sustained multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen.

Byer, of no fixed address, was charged on 19 August with Mr O’Halloran’s murder and possessing a large knife.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insists ‘no ill feeling’ after he and Spurs boss Antonio Conte both given red cards following fiery game | UK News

Chelsea football boss Thomas Tuchel has insisted he has “no ill feeling” towards Tottenham manager Antonio Conte after the pair were both given red cards following fiery on-field exchanges.

The two bosses twice clashed, first on the touchline, then on the field at the final whistle, in what was a highly-charged London derby at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea had taken the lead, but a controversial equaliser from Spurs’ Piere-Emile Hojbjerg led to tensions and tempers spilling over.

Blues’ boss Tuchel remonstrated with fourth official Peter Bankes as it became clear Hojbjerg’s effort would stand.

Former Chelsea manager Conte raced in – and the pair briefly touched heads, as members from both benches piled in to a messy melee.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - August 14, 2022 Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel clashes with Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte after the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Tuchel, his assistant Zsolt Low, and Conte were all booked, but after all the fuss, the goal was awarded.

Then, after Reece James put Chelsea back in front in the 77th minute, Tuchel set off on a sprint past Conte and down the touchline, clenching his fist in delight.

But it didn’t end there.

At the final whistle – after the strained game ended in a 2-2 draw thanks to a Harry Kane extra time goal for Spurs – the mangers met on the field for the customary handshake… and another tussle ensued, resulting in a second booking and a red card for both.

“I thought when we shake hands you looked in each other eyes, but Antonio had a different opinion,” Tuchel said of the post-match clash with Conte.

“He was happy when they equalised, and it got a bit heated, but nothing big… I think it was not necessary, but a lot of things were not necessary.

“It was something of nothing. I have no ill feeling,” he told Sky News Radio.

Conte put the emotions down to passion.

“I think it is not important, this is not important,” he said.

“It can happen when the passion is high in both sides.”

He said he would “pay more attention” next time when he shakes hands with his German counterpart.

“I’ll stay on my bench, he’ll stay on his bench. No problem about this,” he added.

Social media enjoyed the two managers’ tête-à-tête.

Spurs striker and England star Harry Kane described the encounter as “spicy” on his Twitter feed.

The managers are both now facing one-match touchline bans.