Five years for throwing petrol bombs

It seems the Irish courts have made it clear that throwing petrol bombs at Garda officers will be dealt with sternly. A 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty to throwing a petrol bomb that set two officers alight during riots at the Love Ulster parade has been jailed for five years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Ciaran Maguire from Finglas pleaded guilty to violent disorder and endangerment but Judge Desmond Hogan said the offences were “pre-meditated” and said the gardaí were “organs of the state there to protect Irish citizens and were doing their job on the day in a difficult situation.”

“How can someone throw petrol bombs at some one else and not realise the consequences?” asked Judge Hogan who said he saw no reason to suspend any portion of the sentence.

From a personal point of view, this seems quite a long sentence, especially for someone so young who also pleaded guilty to the offence.