Sunderland thug jailed for petrol bomb attack

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THIS thug has been jailed for three years after he tried to petrol bomb a house in a terrifying revenge attack.

Steven Tumilty made the deadly weapon after a fight with the householder’s brother earlier that day.

Newcastle Crown Court heard when he threw the burning missile at the address in Pallion, Sunderland, it hit a tree and exploded on the ground where it burst into flames.

Nobody was hurt in the attack but the court heard the victims have been left terrified.

Prosecutor Bob Spragg told the court the 20-year-old was seen hanging around the target house at about 10pm, on May 18.

Mr Spragg said: “The occupant turned the lights out and got a better look.

“He saw the defendant with what would appear to be a beer bottle.

“He then saw sparks as he tried to light it and saw flame at the neck of the bottle.

“The defendant threw the bottle towards the house but it clipped a tree, fell to the ground, smashed and ignited.”

Tumilty, of Hylton Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland, admitted arson being reckless to life endangered.

Judge James Goss told him: “I accept there was a degree of provocation in that you were involved in an earlier incident.

“You intended to frighten rather than cause serious damage but as you well know, behaving in this way is a grave crime because of the risks when such devices are thrown.

“You were completely out of control at this time generally and suffering from cannabis and alcohol dependence syndromes.

“You had gone completely off the rails.”

Andrew Finlay, defending, said Tumilty has taken “considerable steps” to move his life on since the incident, which he deeply regrets.