A Ballyduff man had four petrol bombs at his home because he was living in fear of a notorious criminal gang.
John McCarthy of Lacka, Ballyduff pleaded guilty to possession of incendiary devices on January 30th last year.
Judge Thomas E. O’Donnell sentenced him to 18 months in jail but suspended this on condition he remain bound to the peace for three years.
Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard gardaí had obtained a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act to search Mr McCarthy’s house at Lacka, Ballyduff.
While there, they found two petrol bombs at the front door and two identical devices at the back.
The court heard Mr McCarthy owed a ‘significant’ drug debt to a Limerick gang and told gardaí the devices were to protect his son, his property and himself.
He refused to make a complaint to gardaí regarding the threat.
His barrister Mark Nichols told the court nothing had been found in the house as part of the drugs search.
The father of three has 30 previous convictions.
Imposing an 18-month prison suspended sentence, Judge O’Donnell said although he didn’t condone Mr McCarthy’s behaviour, context was everything.
He bound the defendant to the peace for three years.