Petrol bomber caged

A man from Hightown has been locked up for 20 months after a “wicked” petrol bomb attack.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Luke Deakin, 20, was involved in a dispute with members of another family outside his home in Windy Bank estate on November 27 last year.

Prosecuting, Philip Standfast told the court that the other group returned later with two other men.

Deakin threw a petrol bomb at the group, narrowly missing one of them.

After searching Deakin’s house, police found another home-made petrol bomb inside a bin. He added that there had been a long-standing feud between the two families.

Mitigating, Soheil Khan told the court that Deakin had been in custody for seven months, which had given him time to reflect on his actions.

Mr Khan said: “He is a young man who is desperate to get his life back on track. He has expressed his remorse, but I dare say there was aggression used by both sides on the day.”

He added that Deakin’s family had now moved more than 90 miles away to avoid further confrontation with the other family, and said his client had not made the petrol bombs.

Summing up, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: “You accept it was your intention to throw such a wicked weapon with the intention to hurt another.

“I will take into account that you are only 20 years old, and that there is a background of ill-feeling between the two families, but offences such as this are so serious that nothing but custody could be considered.”

Judge Marson sentenced Deakin to 20 months in a young offenders’ institution.