A MAN who blew up his home in a gas explosion, killing his neighbour's two-year-old son, has been jailed for 10 years.
Andrew Partington (28) devastated a row of terraced houses in Oldham last year after his girlfriend left him and took their children with her.
The night before the blast, Partington cut two gas pipes in the house he shared with Tania Williams and sent her a series of text messages threatening to destroy the house.
When he awoke in the morning, he changed his mind. But not long after cutting off the gas supply and opening the windows, he lit a cigarette which caused the explosion.
Jamie Heaton, a toddler who was watching TV next door, was killed. His mother survived the blast because she had gone out into the back garden to hang up some washing.
Partington pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Jamie's parents, Kenny and Michelle, said: "We often wondered what the future would hold for Jamie. Unfortunately, we will never find out." (© Independent News Service)