Man jailed for five years for fireworks offences

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A man has been jailed for five years for placing lit fireworks through the letterboxes of several Campbeltown houses.

John Townsley, of HM Young Offenders Institution Polmont, was found guilty after a sheriff and jury trial at Oban Sheriff Court that ran from May 7 until May 10. He was sentenced on June 4.

The 19-year-old was found guilty by majority on four separate charges of culpably and recklessly placing a lit firework through a letterbox, causing a risk of fire and exposing people to danger to their health and life.

The incidents took place between October 31, 2018, and November 7, 2018, and involved three separate addresses.

Townsley was also found guilty by unanimous decision of falsely telling police that someone had put a lit firework through a letterbox, with the truth being that he had placed it there, and wasting police time.