Dad’s chilling warning to ex-wife before burning down family home

A furious man threatened to kill his estranged wife and told her “if I can’t have you, no one can” before burning down her house in a jealous rage.

John Johnson, 34, sent a string of abusive text messages to his ex-wife, April Perrin, after their seven-year marriage came to an end in December 2022. On March 13 2023, the mum-of-five noticed the CCTV camera outside her home was positioned oddly, and after investigating she found Johnson still had access to the footage and had been using it to spy on her.

After turning off the camera, Johnson texted her: “Ha ha, you caught me. Just watch.” This was followed by another message: “If you don’t reply before 3am, that’s it. I don’t care who gets hurt.” He threatened to share a private image, and said: “I’m going to destroy you all, kill you, you’re dead.”

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Johnson, formerly of Lorenzo Drive, West Derby, was later arrested, and made a “full, frank admission” to spying on Ms Perrin and sending her abusive messages, and was bailed on the condition he did not contact her again.

But on April 2 2023, he texted her telling her he wanted to see the children. She told him to stay away as she suspected he had been drinking, but at 5.30pm he arrived at the family home on Agar Road. When Ms Perrin ordered him to leave, he threatened her: “If I can’t have you, no one can.”

Outside, he continued to shout at her and pounded and kicked the front door. He attempted to phone her 40 times and sent her a string of threatening texts, including: “Watch your windows tonight”, and “face it, you deserve what’s coming to you.”


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