Ex husband appears in court after ‘blowing up family home’

An husband who is alleged to have blown up the house he shared with his ex-wife today appeared in court charged with arson.

Ian Clowes, 67, is accused of causing the explosion using gas canisters placed inside the property in Poole, Dorset.

The semi-detached house was divided into two flats, with Mr Clowes occupying the upstairs residence and former wife Elaine living downstairs.

He suffered serious injuries in the explosion and spent several weeks recovering in hospital.

Mrs Clowes, who was in her flat at the time, escaped with minor injuries on October 22 last year.

Today Mr Clowes appeared at Poole Magistrates’ Court to answer charges of arson with intent, reckless as to whether life was endangered.

During a brief hearing Mr Clowes spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and nationality.

Despite spending several months in hospital he showed no obvious signs of injuries.

District judge Steve Nicholls ruled that the charge was too serious to be dealt with by magistrates and it was immediately sent to crown court.

Terry Scanlan, defending, made no application for bail and Mr Cloaes was remanded into custody.

He will next appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on February 14.