Jealous lover is jailed for more than 14 years over petrol attack

Jealous lover who poured petrol over his psychologist ex and tried to set her on fire to kill them both when she ended their relationship is jailed

  • Car salesman Gary Travers attempted to murder his ex on Christmas Eve 2019
  • He poured two litres of petrol over himself and Dr Georgina Ingall in his Audi TT
  • He failed to ignite the petrol after telling Dr Ingall they were both going to die 
  • He was jailed for 14.5 years for attempted murder at Portmouth Crown Court 

Car salesman Gary Travers poured two litres of petrol over over his ex girlfriend Dr Georgina Ingall in the carpark of the White Hart pub in Denmead, Hampshire on Christmas Eve 2019

A ‘jealous’ lover who tried to burn his former psychologist partner to death when she ended the relationship has been jailed for more than 14 years.

Car salesman Gary Travers poured two litres of petrol over his ex as she sat with him in his car before trying to spark a lighter and kill the pair of them in a fire. 

Travers had denied accusations he tried to kill psychologist Dr Georgina Ingall after she ended their relationship, but the judge said he had become ‘consumed by feelings of jealousy and resentment’ when she went out on for Christmas drinks with her work colleagues.

Travers asked to meet on Christmas Eve to see if he could try and mend the relationship, but he had ‘planned a dramatic and ghastly end’ if she said no, a court heard on Friday.

Travers, 43, launched two litres of petrol over the ‘terrified’ woman in his Audi TT sports car while trying to spark a lighter as he attempted to kill the pair of them at the White Hart pub car park in Denmead, Hampshire on Christmas Eve 2019.

The court heard how he had given Dr Ingall flowers and Prosecco once she was in the car but, after being told the relationship was over, he reached for a bottle which had been filled with petrol.

Dr Ingall, giving evidence behind a screen, told jurors: ‘(Travers) was saying: “We’re going to die and we’re going to die together”.

‘He then got a lighter from somewhere and said “this is it” before starting to count down “five, four, three”.’

The door wouldn’t open and Travers tried to keep her in the car, but the 47 year old managed to escape despite Travers grabbing her in a headlock thanks to assistance from passing members of the public.

She said: ‘He never intended us to leave the car – we were both meant to die.

‘I’m a very lucky lady to be stood here today.’

Travers, who was born in Southampton, was convicted of attempted murder, making threats to kill and false imprisonment following a seven-day trial last year.

On Friday at Portsmouth Crown Court, Travers was sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison.

Travers attempted to murder Dr Ingall in the car park of The White Hart pub in Denmead, Hampshire, pictured

Travers was jailed for 14-and-a-half years at Portsmouth Crown Court having been convicted of attempted murder

Travers poured two litres of petrol over himself and Dr Ingall inside his Audi TT, file photograph

Prosecutor Martyn Booth read out a statement made by Dr Ingall to the court, in which she said the incident had ‘impacted her emotionally more than anything she has experienced in her life’.

Dr Ingall revealed she had problems sleeping properly and that she would have bouts of crying because she couldn’t understand ‘why the person I loved and shared a bed with would want to kill me’.

She said simple acts like washing her hair remind her of having to wash the petrol off and that she even has problems going to petrol stations now.

The mother of three added that it had even affected her children, as they had to watch their mother in distress.

The statement read: ‘I keep blaming myself for all these things. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I keep kicking myself constantly for getting into Gary’s car on that day.

‘This was somebody I loved and thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with him before he tried to kill me. Now I don’t know if I can trust anybody.’

Defence counsel Richard Onslow said: ‘Clearly he was suffering from depression and anxiety and had been for some time.’

He referred to a previous suicide attempt by Travers in 2017, in which he planned to pour petrol on himself and spark a lighter but was stopped by police while driving.

Judge Roger Hetherington said that Travers had become ‘increasingly jealous of her seeming ability to carry on with life while you were failing’.

He said Travers was ‘becoming consumed by feelings of jealousy and resentment’ and so ‘planned a dramatic and ghastly end for the both of you’.

The judge added that, as Dr Ingall ‘tried desperately to get out of the car’ he grabbed her in a ‘powerful headlock’ while trying to spark the lighter, which failed to light by ‘sheer fortune’.

He said: ‘This horrific incident was only brought to an end by three delivery driver witnesses.’

Travers was handed a 14 and a half year sentence for attempted murder, four years for making threats to kill and two years for false imprisonment, all to be served concurrently. 

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