Man firebombs car in 'chilling' attack on ex-partner
A HERVEY Bay man threw a Molotov cocktail at his former partner's car in a "chilling" display of disregard for other people's safety.
The 26-year-old, who the Chronicle has not named in order to protect his former partner, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court to endangering property by fire and wilful damage.
The man narrowly escaped any time behind bars but was warned if he put one foot wrong he would be immediately imprisoned.
Crown prosecutor Sandra Cupina said just before midnight on December 14, the man hit his partner's car, parked outside a Booral home, causing a dent.
His former partner's friend chased the man away.
"The defendant left and returned, throwing a Molotov cocktail at the car," Ms Cupina said.
The crudely made firebomb used newspaper and petrol as an accelerant.
"It had the potential for catastrophic consequences," Ms Cupina said.
A person inside the home was able to extinguish the fire before it became too dangerous.
Defence barrister Lars Falcongreen said the man had not reacted well to his break-up with his former partner.
He said the man was well aware of who was in the area when he threw the petrol bomb.
"He knew that the fire would be able to be put out," he said.
Mr Falcongreen said the man was so embarrassed by his actions he was unable to address the court despite a desire to do so.
Judge Ian Dearden said the man was lucky the damage had not been worse.
"The making of the Molotov cocktail, well that's chilling," he said.
"It sends shivers up my spine."
Mr Dearden said the man had behaved "with the maturity of a five-year-old".
The man was sentenced to 12 months jail with an immediate parole release.