A-61-year-old man who was paid £50 to come to Preston and set fire to a car has been jailed for a year.
Anthony Round poured accelerant onto a car in Fulwood after driving two other men to the city from Manchester.
Preston Crown Court heard there was a feud between the owner of the car and another family. The car had been previously damaged in an earlier explosion but when it was torched in the terraced street, the Peugeot 307 was declared a write-off by insurers.
CCTV showed Round with a bottle in his hand, which the defendant claimed was a drink. However, he later pleaded guilty to arson.
The owner of the vehicle said he had been terrified following the attack and had taken three months off work, as he did not want to leave his wife and children at home alone. Fire officers later visited the family‘s home and installed fire prevention equipment, the court heard.
Round, of Springside Avenue, Worsley, has a number of previous convictions but has not committed any offences for more than 17 years.
Mr Justice Goss, sentencing, said: “The background to this is that there was clearly a dispute involving the family owning the car and another person. You became involved in that dispute by agreeing to drive the others from Manchester to Preston.
“You were prepared to lend yourself to this enterprise to provide the transport for financial reward. It has to be known by people who are prepared to commit offences of this kind that immediate sentences of imprisonment will follow.”