Jail for jealous drunk who torched ex-girlfriend's home
A jealous drunk who attempted to burn the home of his former girlfriend after burgling it and later tried to torch her car and that of a friend has been jailed for a total of two-and-a-half years.
Downpatrick Crown Court Judge Gordon Kerr told Gerard Lennon that he had not only endangered the life of an elderly neighbour, he had also burgled the house to take back birthday gifts he'd given his former partner.
Judge Kerr said Lennon then decided to damage two cars outside, and when clearly drunk took one of the vehicles, crashing it.
The 34-year-old from Damolly Road, Newry, admitted burglary, arson, recklessly endangering life, attempted arson, aggravated vehicle taking, and criminal damage.
Earlier, prosecutor Rosemary Walsh told the court, sitting in Belfast, that Lennon and his girlfriend went out to celebrate her birthday on February 15 last year. However, he appeared to become "very jealous" over her talking to her male gay hairdresser.
While his girlfriend stayed over with friends, Lennon broke into her home and set fire to a set of curtains. Lennon will serve an additional two-and-a-half years on licensed parole.