A man who set fire to his neighbour’s apartment before shouting: “I knew I was going to get her one way or another” has been jailed for four years.
Robert Coughlan (45) got a can of petrol and doused the floor outside his neighbour’s flat before setting fire to it, burning his hands in the process, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.
The woman, finding herself trapped in her top-floor apartment, considered trying to escape via a window before her brother came to her aid and extinguished the fire with multiple saucepans of water, Detective Garda Paul Daly told the court.
Coughlan, with an address at Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, pleaded guilty to one count of arson at the same address on August 8th, 2020. It is an offence that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Coughlan has two previous convictions for minor offences.
Sentencing Coughlan, Judge Martin Nolan
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