Northern Ireland

Man jailed for 'particularly nasty' petrol bomb attack

Laganside courts

A man who threw a petrol bomb at two doormen after being ejected from a bar in west Belfast has been given a six-year sentence.

Belfast Crown Court heard that after the bomb hit a wall, Daniel Carlisle then poured petrol over one of the doormen and tried to set him alight.

Carlisle, from Moyard Parade in the city, will spend three years in custody and the remainder on licence.

Judge Corinne Philpott said the incident was "particularly nasty".

Carlisle was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder, but the Crown accepted guilty pleas to two counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to the two doorman.

He also pleaded guilty to making a threat to damage property, two counts of making a threat to kill, throwing a petrol bomb, causing damage to the parked car and stealing petrol.

At an earlier hearing, a Crown prosecutor said the incident took place outside the Trinity Lodge bar in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast on 11 November 2012.

A defence barrister said his client's behaviour on the evening in question was "completely and utterly inexcusable".

He said that Carlisle had consumed alcohol and diazepam at the time of the offence.

He added that while he being removed from Trinity Lodge, Carlisle was struck and sustained an injury to his forehead, which acted as a "trigger" for his "excessive response".

Passing sentence, the judge revealed that Carlisle had committed the offences while on bail for an unrelated incident.

Telling Carlisle his actions were "inherently dangerous", the judge said the consequences "could have been horrific" for the doormen.