Girlfriend of Milngavie fire victim says her future has been “stolen”

Rebecca Williams outside the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: PA
Rebecca Williams outside the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: PA
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A devastated young woman said her future has been stolen after her boyfriend’s brother was jailed for 20 years for murdering him by setting fire to them as they slept on New Year’s Day.

Blair Logan poured petrol on his younger brother Cameron, 23, and the bed he was sharing with Rebecca Williams at their family home in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire.

Rebecca with Cameron. Picture: submitted

Rebecca with Cameron. Picture: submitted

Ms Williams was rescued from the fire and treated in hospital but Cameron died, while his parents were treated for smoke inhalation. Logan, 27, pleaded guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder last month and was given a life sentence with a minimum of 20 years at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday.

He also admitted endangering the lives of his parents, David and Catherine, in the blaze, in which the family dog Gomez was also killed.

The two brothers were said to have had a “hostile” relationship, and Logan told police they had not spoken since the death of their grandmother in 2013.

The 27-year-old admitted pouring petrol “with the intention of maiming or crippling” Cameron, but claimed he did not mean to kill him.

The attack was said to be in retaliation for a recent incident at the house when his brother had punched him.

A computer seized from Logan’s bedroom showed that from October 2016 he had carried out internet searches on burns victims.

Judge Lady Scott said that Logan “acted with wicked recklessness”.

His sentence was reduced from 24 years due to his early guilty plea.

Outside court, Ms Williams’ father read a statement on behalf of his daughter describing the devastating impact of the fire.

It read: “Cameron was my best friend and partner.

“He was a caring, respectful and loving man, who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

“He had great ambitions to join the police force and was working hard towards building our future together.”

Ms Williams has undergone surgery four times and may not be able to return to work as a broadcast journalist due to her injuries.

The judge in the case said Logan had “robbed her of her voice and her career and of her future with Cameron”.

Outside court Ms Williams said: “The horror of what happened in that room will haunt me forever.

“Cameron died in the most cruel way, in front of my eyes.”

The judge accepted court reports that Logan has “abnormal personality traits” and features of autism but ruled that Logan was fully criminally responsible for his actions.