Firebomb man Archibald McKay jailed for murder bid
A man who tried to kill a shop owner by firebombing his fast-food takeaway in Glasgow has been jailed for nine years.
Archibald McKay, 44, from Possil, was convicted of attempting to murder 34-year-old Rashid Ali at the Spicy Bite in Saracen Street on 27 August 2012.
The High Court in Glasgow was shown CCTV footage of Mr Ali tackling McKay who had a bottle of flaming liquid.
McKay was previously jailed for threatening to torch the shop and was on licence at the time of the attack.
The court heard that McKay was standing outside the shop with a bottle in his hand and there were flames coming from it.
Mr Ali tackled him and as they wrestled to the ground, the bottle fell and exploded into a fireball.
The jury heard the flames engulfed McKay, Mr Ali's car and a nearby telephone box.
A fire expert said that if McKay had succeeded in firebombing the takeaway the consequences could have been "catastrophic" as there was only one way in and out of the shop.
The attempted murder was captured on CCTV cameras and played to the jury during the trial.
McKay claimed that the man on the images was not him and denied having anything to do with incident.
However, the jury did not believe him and convicted McKay of attempted murder.
Jailing him, judge Lady Scott told McKay: "You took part in a campaign of violence against Mr Ali.
"On occasions you took food from his premises without paying.
"Your presence always carried menace towards Mr Ali."
Lady Scott added: "Mr Ali has been left frightened and has lost his business."
John Dunn, procurator fiscal for West of Scotland, said: "This was a despicable act of violence which potentially could have carried with it far more serious consequences but for the presence of mind of the victim, Mr Ali, in thwarting his attacker's attempt to throw a bottle of burning fuel into his shop.
"The sentence imposed today properly reflects the views of the majority of people in our communities who want to live their lives free of the threat of violence - this type of conduct will not be tolerated."