Man who had petrol bombs in Limerick village was 'very agitated'

Jack Nicholas BL said his client was stupid and foolish

Jack Nicholas BL said his client was stupid and foolish

A MAN who was caught with two petrol bombs in a Limerick village may have to carry our community service to avoid going to jail.

Andrew Devereux, aged 22, who has an address at Scanlan Park, Castleconnell has pleaded guilty to possession of an explosive substance at Bruach Na Sionna, Castleconnell on June 14, 2016.

During a sentencing hearing, Garda Niall O’Donovan said gardai were alerted to a “young male who was in an agitated state” shortly after 5.30pm.

When he encountered the defendant a short time later, he observed him holding a glass beer bottle filled with liquid and with what appeared to a “cloth-like item at the neck” 

Garda O’Donovan told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, there was a second “identical bottle” on the ground along with a plastic container containing petrol.

After being directed to drop the petrol bomb, the plastic container caught fire resulting in a small explosion.

While nobody was injured, a wall at the front of the house in the estate was badly scorched.

When questioned at the scene the defendant said he had the petrol bombs to defend himself as he was in dispute with another individual relating to a previous incident.

It was later established Mr Devereux had bought €2.69 worth of petrol earlier in the day as well as a cigarette lighter from a local shop.

Garda O’Donovan agreed with Mr O’Sullivan who said the defendant had armed himself with a “potentially deadly weapon” and was in an agitated state when encountered by gardai.

Jack Nicholas BL said his client, who has no previous convictions, “wasn’t in his right mind” on the date of the offence.

He said what happened was “extremely out of the ordinary” for the local community and that Mr Devereux had apologised for any stress which was caused.

“He was was very foolish and it was an incredibly stupid thing to do,” he said.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told the defendant doesn't’drink or smoke and that he has a limited education.

The judge said what happened was an “outrageous performance no matter what the source of agitation was” and that it was a very serious offence.

He said he would much prefer to see Mr Devereux doing something positive rather than going to prison and he adjourned the matter to facilitate the preparation of a community service report.

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