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Petrol bomb teen gave his pants for fuse

A YOUTH who took part in the petrol bombing of a house and gave his underwear for use as a fuse has had his sentencing adjourned until October at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

William Oxberry (19) was one of four people involved in the petrol-bombing at Sheephill Green, Blanchardstown on March 24, 2008.

Oxberry, of Westbourne Rise, Clondalkin pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage by giving part of his boxer shorts to act as a fuse on a homemade Budweiser bottle petrol bomb.


Detective Garda Karl Keane said that the occupants of the house at Sheephill Green became targets for attack after the acrimonious break-up of a relationship between one of Oxberry's co-accused and a young woman residing at that address.

The detective garda said that on March 22, a man called to the house and requested to see the woman. When he was refused admittance to the house, the man pointed to a car parked in the driveway and said: "See that car, I burnt the other car and I will burn that one too."

The next night a shot was fired at the front door of the house and this was followed up by the petrol-bombing on March 24. Det Gda Keane agreed that Oxberry had nothing to do with the shooting incident on March 23.

He agreed that Oxberry, who has no previous convictions, had been brought to Blanchardstown from Clondalkin in a car with three other individuals.

Gardai were alerted to the scene and a stopped a green Nissan Almera car, which was carrying Oxberry and three others, from leaving the scene.

The four were released following a routine drugs search but were arrested two days later in connection with the petrol bomb attack.

During an interview, Oxberry told gardai that he did not throw the petrol bomb but was close enough to the incident to know what was going on.

Although initially reticent, Oxberry eventually made full admissions to gardai and told them he had provided the cloth from his underwear for the fuse.

Det Gda Keane agreed with the lawyer for the defendant that Oxberry's co-accused was very well known to gardai but Oxberry and the man had only a "passing" relationship.


He agreed with Mr Le Vert that the man had received very serious injuries following an altercation in a pub and blamed the family living in Sheephill Green, despite the fact that they had no involvement.

Det Gda Keane agreed that Oxberry had told his co-accused not to thrown the petrol bomb and became very angry when the man launched it at the house, telling him he was a "f**king eejit".

Oxberry was remanded on continuing bail for sentencing on October 6.