Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Paedophile hurt in petrol bomb attack

Two men were last night being questioned by police about an attack on a self-confessed paedophile.

Thomas Ronald Smyth (68) sustained minor injuries after a property came under attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A number of paint bombs and a petrol bomb were thrown at the house in Ballyclare shortly after midnight. A number of windows were smashed and damage was caused to the living room and hall area.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: “The male occupant of the house sustained a burn injury to his hand and some cuts.

“A 19-year-old male and a 20-year-old male were arrested and are currently assisting police with their enquiries.”

Last month, pervert newsagent Smyth was warned by His Honour Judge Philip Babington that he would almost “inevitably” be sent to jail after he pleaded guilty to seven charges of indecent assault and one of committing an act of gross indecency with a child on dates between October 1997 and October 1999.

His plea at Belfast Crown Court came at the last minute as his trial was due to start the same day and he is set to be sentenced later this month.

It is understood the charges relate to a girl who was aged between eight and 10 at the time she was abused in the storeroom of the newsagents shop Smyth owned.

The PSNI spokeswoman refused to comment on speculation that Smyth may have been attacked as a result of his ongoing court case.

She added: “We do not comment on named individuals.”

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