A MAN involved in a pub fight took revenge on his rival by throwing a fire bomb at his home and smashing the front door in with a hammer.
Jason Foulkes was jailed for 20 months after he clashed with Stephen Bailey in the Malt Shovel pub in Neston, and then later followed him to his flat.
Knutsford Crown Court heard Foulkes, who at the time lived on Landseer Avenue, Neston and now lives in Courts Way West, Greasby, lit a milk bottle filled with paper and paraffin and hurled it at the building before taking a hammer to the door.
Simon Burton, defending, told Monday's Knutsford Crown Court hearing: 'Foulkes maintains he didn't mean to cause any harm. He just wanted to scare Mr Bailey.
'Mr Bailey was jealous because my client was going out with his ex-girlfriend and that is why the altercation began.'
After the fight, which took place on May 12, Foulkes, Bailey and a group of friends were thrown out of the Malt Shovel.
Foulkes headed for home shouting after the others that he was going to get an axe and come after them.
Bailey and his friends headed for his flat above a chemist on Liverpool Road and hours later they heard Foulkes shouting from the street outside.
Andrew Jebb, prosecuting, said 'It was a hot night and the window to the flat was open.
'Some members of the group leaned out of the window to see what was going on.'
As they did that the fire bomb came hurtling towards them and struck the wall under the window ledge.
Mr Jebb added: 'Fortunately no one was hurt but the group were very frightened and ran downstairs to the front door.'
As they got there Foulkes was smashing his way through it with a hammer.
'The hammer head was found some time later near the scene,' said Mr Jebb.
The Fire Brigade and the police arrived at the scene and Foulkes was arrested.
Foulkes was about to face trial for charges of arson and affray when he pleaded guilty to affray at the last minute and was sentenced on the spot.
He had denied arson on the basis that he did not aim the fire bomb at an open window.
On the day of the pending trial, the Crown Prosecution Service decided that a plea to affray only was acceptable.
Mr Jebb said: 'There is forensic evidence for the case which is yet to be analysed but it now transpires that it is unlikely to have any significance.'
Judge Derek Halbert said: 'This offence of affray involves a petrol bomb, which makes it extremely serious.
'I sentence you on the express basis that you did not aim it at the open window.'
More than nine years ago he was convicted of affray, threatening behaviour and criminal damage.