A GRANDAD who tried to make napalm to firebomb antisocial neighbours enjoyed an emotional reunion with his family after he walked free from court.
Nicholas Smith was interrupted by police trying to make the explosive substance in his kitchen after eggs had been thrown at his house again.
The 53-year-old, of Twelfth Street, Horden, was found guilty of making an explosive substance with intent to endanger life after a trial in September.
But he was “ecstatic” yesterday after he was released from custody, after being given a suspended prison sentence.
Smith said he had been through “hell” and the last six months in prison on remand had been a “nightmare”.
“I prepared myself for the worst. In prison people were taking bets on how long I was going to get.
“I’m just looking forward to getting on with my life and getting back with my family.”
Smith said he planned to renew his wedding vows with his wife Dorothy, do charity work and hopes to start his own business.
But he also hit out at a lack of help from the authorities and vowed to get answers.
He added: “It was a living hell. I don’t understand why the police couldn’t do more for us, the victims.
“We were treated worse than criminals.”
At Teesside Crown Court, Smith was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and probation.