Denise Welch feared she would be burned alive after a stalker set her house on fire

Denise Welch, 64, says she was deeply scared and feared for her life after a stalker set fire to her home

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Denise Welch has revealed she feared for her life and had nightmares she was about to be burned alive after a stalker set fire to her £1million home during a six-month reign of terror.

Toraq Wyngard, 64, was jailed for seven years and seven months on April 7 when the court heard Denise waking up to her husband Lincoln Townley’s “piercing scream” after a member of the public drew attention to the 2020 fire.

Recalling the “absolutely horrific” ordeal, Denise recounted the moment she saw “huge flames outside the house” in September 2020 as Toraq was arrested nearby with a kitchen knife in his backpack.

Denise tells The sun: “I remember we went to the pub for dinner that night and I went to bed early about 10 p.m., leaving Lincoln with his son Lewis and my brother-in-law Duncan babysitting downstairs for a boy’s movie that became the.” Volume up like boys do.

Denise was afraid of the ordeal


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“All of a sudden I heard Lincoln scream. I ran down the stairs in my pajamas and saw huge spreading flames outside the house, a lady had seen the fire outside as she was driving by and knocked on the front door to warn us.

Denise said she “don’t know if I would be here today” without warning from her neighbors who “is unthinkable”.

She watched in horror as Lincoln jumped into action and pulled her car out of the driveway.

“Within seconds of him moving it, the flames spread rapidly, would have engulfed my car and the whole thing would have blown up and exploded,” she recalled.

Denise said she watched “everything melt” as the fire spread to her garage attached to her home, causing £4,285 worth of damage.

The star said she still lives in fear


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Toraq Wyngard set fire to the Loose Women star’s house



Denise says she was “changed forever” by the ordeal.

The television personality said she stopped sleeping, had nightmares and spent £2,000 on security to feel safe in her own home.

Denise said she was petrified that her stalker “might be outside ready to attack” after he was found with a knife, and Lincoln escorted her to her car for her 5am Hollyoaks starts.

On February 10, 2021, when Wyngard was released under investigation, Denise and her husband discovered that the words “witch” and “pimp” along with an upside-down cross had been scrawled on their front gate in blue marker pen, the court was told .

CCTV showed Wyngard writing the graffiti and he was caught by CCTV at a nearby shop that was buying the pen.

Officers also found a number of cameras, both regular and covert, and binoculars during a search of his home address.

Toraq admitted to harassing her and causing serious distress or distress to her between September 18, 2020 and February 1, 2021, as well as charges of knife possession, property damage and arson.

His sentencing was delayed after he later tried to change his objections, claiming he had been “pressured” into admitting the offences, the court heard.

Denise said she was petrified her stalker ‘might be outside ready to attack’



His motion to amend his pleas was denied, but Louise Cowen, who defended himself, said Wyngard maintained he was not guilty.

She said he suffers from bipolar mood disorder and has not taken his medication.

Denise said in court: “This whole experience scared me and still does.”

After his arrest, Denise revealed that she felt a weight coming from her chest.

“My fear, my trauma, turned to anger at that point. This man tried to destroy my wonderful life. I’m just so grateful he’s behind bars now,” she said.

“I feel like a load has been lifted from my shoulders and now I just have to try and look forward again and hope that more can now be done for the victims of stalking or arson.”

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