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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Prison for Cumbrian man who threw 'petrol bomb' at house

A man who threw a petrol bomb at a house after smashing three of its windows has been jailed.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Ian Phillips and Matthew Taylor were at their terraced home when Liam John Lymer, 28, turned up and started smashing windows in the back door, the kitchen and the bathroom with a metal bar.

Lymer, of Skinburness Drive, Silloth, was driven off in his girlfriend Paula Jackson’s car but was soon arrested. He was released on bail after questioning and within an hour returned to the house, threw a brick at a window and lobbed a burning plastic bottle full of white spirit at it, prosecutor Gerard Rogerson said.

The firebomb fell short and landed in the garden, in Lowther Street, Flimby, where Mr Taylor put it out by stamping on it.

Lymer was arrested again, but initially denied having anything to do with had happened. Even during his interview with the police, Mr Rogerson said, Lymer could not disguise the ill feeling between himself and the two men living in the house.

He told officers he had not thrown the firebomb, but admitted that if he had he would have been “laughing”, Mr Rogerson said.

And he said that next time he saw Mr Taylor and Mr Phillips he would smash their faces in.

Mr Rogerson said the beginning of the bad blood between the men appeared to have been in an incident in which Mr Taylor had damaged his girlfriend’s car.

Mr Taylor had been convicted of drink-driving and causing damage as a result of it, and Lymer had held it against him ever since.

Lymer pleaded guilty to criminal damage and arson, being reckless as to whether people’s lives were endangered.

His barrister Alison Whalley said there had been several incidents – including one in which the tyres on Lymer’s girlfriend’s car had been slashed – which had been reported to the police.

She said that once he was released from prison Lymer and his girlfriend would move away from the area to keep out of trouble.

Jailing him for 14 months, Judge Barbara Forrester told Lymer: “I accept that there is some history between you and the two young men in the house, but that is no excuse for what you did. It does not give you a reason to take matters into your own hands.”

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