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Man jailed for throwing petrol bomb at west Belfast bar staff

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man who threw a petrol bomb at two doormen after being ejected from a bar in west Belfast has been handed a six-year sentence.

Belfast Crown Court heard that after the petrol bomb hit a wall, 23-year old Daniel Carlisle then poured petrol over one of the doormen and tried to set him on fire.

Branding the incident as "particularly nasty", Judge Corinne Philpott told Carlisle that he will spend three years in custody and three on supervised licence.

At an earlier hearing, Crown prosecutor Tessa Kitson said the incident took place outside the Trinity Lodge bar in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast on November 11, 2012.

Carlisle, from Moyard Parade in the city, had been attending a christening in the bar but he was recognised as being barred by a doorman and was ejected. Carlisle left but returned a with two bottles of petrol.

Ms Kitson said Carlisle was seen to place a rag in one of the bottles, which he then set on fire and threw at the bouncers.

When the petrol bomb hit a wall and smashed, Carlisle ran up to one of the doormen and doused him with petrol before trying to set him on fire with a lighter. The doormen grappled with Carlisle, who was restrained until police arrived.

He was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder, but the Crown accepted guilty pleas to two counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to the two doorman.

He also admitted making a threat to damage property, two counts of making a threat to kill, throwing a petrol bomb, causing damage to the parked car and stealing petrol.

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