Man accused of fire attack on house and crashing into ex’s car deliberately

A man has been accused of a fire attack on a house in Motherwell.

Craig Jackson allegedly tried to create a false alibi for himself as police were investigating the blaze.

Jackson, 25, a prisoner, appeared from custody via videolink at Hamilton Sheriff Court this week.

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It’s alleged that he and unknown accomplices set fire to a property in Cliveden Drive on September 30 last year.

Flames are said to have damaged a door, trapping a man and a woman inside and putting them in danger.

Jackson then allegedly induced two individuals to give police false accounts of his movements.

Prosecutors claim he arranged for his mobile phone to be placed at a campsite in Fort William, with intent to pervert the course of justice.

Jackson is further accused of sending threatening and abusive WhatsApp and Facebook messages to his former partner between August 28 and September 9.

He allegedly drove a Honda Civic dangerously on various roads in Motherwell on September 9 and collided repeatedly with a Mercedes driven by his ex.

Jackson is also charged with driving dangerously near Garrion Bridge on December 28.

It’s alleged he pursued a Ford Transit van in which his former partner was a passenger, causing the driver to take evasive action.

On that occasion, Jackson allegedly shouted abuse and threats at his ex and her new partner, brandishing a knife at them.

Further charges state that he breached bail by attempting to contact his ex and entering Cliveden Drive.

Solicitor Bobby Reid lodged not guilty pleas to all charges.

Sheriff Douglas Brown set a further hearing for June 11 and Jackson was remanded in custody.

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Daily Record – Motherwell