A MAN who was caught by gardai while holding a petrol bomb and matches has being jailed for two years.
Alan Lawless (32) of Sallynoggin, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having a petrol bomb at Sallynoggin Road on May 15, 2012.
Judge Patrick McCartan noted that despite having 32 previous convictions the drug addict has only spent one month in prison.
His criminal record includes convictions for theft, larceny, burglary, possession of a knife and drug dealing dating back to 2000 and all dealt with in the District Court. He has one conviction for robbery which was dealt with in the Circuit Court.
Garda Neil O’Leary told Anne Rowland BL, prosecuting, that Lawless had earlier being thrown out of a Londis shop by the elderly owner Dennis English.
He was later spotted by the garda outside the shop crouching down in front of a bottle of white spirits which had a woollen glove stuffed into it.
He had a lighter and two boxes of matches on him. The court heard that there were families living in flats above the shop.
Yvonne Buckley BL, defending, said her client is a drug addict with 32 previous convictions including one for robbery in 2008.
Judge McCartan said he had being shown considerable leniency in the past but had continued to show a disregard for the well being of others.