A MAN who assaulted his partner and torched her car and clothes tried to hide in the loft at his home in Leeds.
But Ryan O’Rourke plunged through a bedroom ceiling while police were investigating and he was ‘tasered’ and arrested.
Leeds Crown Court heard father-of-two O’Rourke, 27, had also set fire to clothes belonging to his partner Mawena Brown’s child.
The couple had been drinking at an event at Hyde Park on July 27 and had rowed about Mr O’Rourke’s use of cocaine, the court heard.
O’Rourke pushed Miss Brown in the face and she walked away.
Prosecutor, Charles Blatchford said at around 9pm that day Miss Brown received a phone call from police who said her Vauxhall Vectra had been set on fire outside O’Rourke’s home on Fir Tree Approach, Moortown, Leeds.
Mr Blatchford said: “At the back of the house she found hers and her child’s clothing had been set on fire next to the back door. Police took her in to the house and they made their way upstairs.
Whilst upstairs they could hear scratching and a thud from the loft area.
“More thuds were heard and then a foot appeared through the ceiling and the defendant fell in to the bedroom through a hole in the ceiling.
“He was aggressive and was described by one of the officers as having bulging eyes.”
Mr Blatchford added: “He charged at one of the officers and he was ‘tasered’ and arrested.”
O’Rourke admitted two charges of arson and one of common assault.
The court heard he has previous convictions for assault, possessing a prohibited weapon, affray and harassment.
Mitigating, Stephen Smithson said: “It is only drink and drugs which are to blame.”
Jailing O’Rourke for 16 months, Judge Christopher Batty told him: “People who commit arson, especially for revenge, have to understand custody is inevitable.”