Saturday 22 July 2017

Pair jailed for botched arson bid

TWO men were jailed yesterday over a planned arson attack in which a military hand grenade was left outside football hero Kenny Dalglish's home.

The army bomb squad had to be called to the former Liverpool and Blackburn manager's house last July when undercover police scotched an attack on one of his neighbours.

Three men were said to have arranged the intended bombing of businessman John Ball's home to pressure him away from giving evidence in a court case. The trio allegedly used Mark Johnston (21) to orchestrate the planned bombing from his Liverpool jail cell.

Johnston texted convicted drug dealer Carl Higgins (29) to find another man to throw the grenade for £500 (€570).

Higgins was jailed for five years and a third man, Simon Ignacio, sentenced to four-and-a-half years.

Johnston will be sentenced on February 26.

Irish Independent

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