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Dundee teenager jailed over petrol bomb attack on car

A teenager who created a homemade petrol bomb before attacking a man's car in Dundee has been jailed.

John Duncan, 19, along with a gang of friends, some aged just 14, set Alan McDonald's Vauxhall Astra car on fire in the city's Beauly Avenue, following a dispute.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Duncan had later described the attack as "fun and games" on the website Facebook.

Sheriff George Way sentenced him to 13 months in detention.

The court was told Mr MacDonald had broken a window at Duncan's brother's property in Beauly Avenue on 22 October 2011.

Fiscal depute Emma Stewart said the next day as an act of revenge Duncan smashed the windows of Mr MacDonald's car with a golf club.

Engulfed in flames

Ms Stewart said the following night Mr MacDonald once again heard breaking glass: "He went to an upstairs window and saw his damaged car was on fire."

Mr MacDonald saw two teenage youths pour petrol into the car, which was then entirely engulfed in flames.

Police managed to trace the 15-year-old boy who had poured petrol into the car and admitted in interview that it was John Duncan who had made the petrol bomb.

Ms Stewart said: "He had seen the accused pour petrol into glass bottles and stuffed towels into the bottles with the petrol."

She added: "The mother of one of the boys who had poured petrol into the vehicle looked at her son's Facebook page on 25 October and noted her son was friends with the accused.

Petrol Bomb

"She noted that on October 25 he had commented stating 'Aye mate fun and games eh sorted now though. Had to blaze his Astra and put all the windees in mate.'"

Duncan, who is currently a prisoner at HMP YOI Polmont, pleaded guilty on indictment to two charges of vandalism and making an explosive substance, namely a petrol bomb, with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

Sheriff George Way told Duncan he had no option but to send him to jail - and handed him a 13 month sentence.

Sheriff Way said: "You have pled guilty to a very serious offence indeed.

"The making of explosives with intent to cause harm to people or property is completely unacceptable in our society.

"It is the ultimate form of weapon and it is entirely indiscriminate - for all you knew it could have spread."

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