Morphine offered for Molotov attack on Berserker home

FOR an amount of morphine, it's remarkable what lengths one will go to... just ask Phillip James Green.

He's the Central Queensland man who agreed to make and throw homemade petrol bombs at a Berserker man's house when his accomplice Darren Festa asked him to.

Green yesterday pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to two counts of attempted arson after he was "recruited" and tasked to carry out the deed in September last year.

The court heard that Festa, who at the time was associated with the defendant, offered Green morphine if he made Molotov cocktails to throw at the Berserker man's house.

Festa's motives and vendetta against the target was not known, the court heard.

On September 2, Green headed to the Berserker home with two homemade cocktails, which he lit and threw at a car in the driveway.

One bomb landed under the car and flared up under the vehicle, legal officer for the Crown Hamish McIntyre said.

Fortunately, the bomb did not explode.

Mr McIntyre said the occupants of the house raced outside and moved the vehicle before any major damage was done to the car.

When Festa found out his mate Green's first attempt was a fizzer, he asked him to go back to the house to do it again.

On September 15, Green went back to throw another homemade bomb at the property and again it did not explode.

No major injury or damage was done.

Green's defence barrister Ross LoMonaco said his client did not know the victim at all but simply took part in the offence for the drug exchange.

Mr McIntyre said CCTV footage from a nearby camera caught the incident on tape but could not clearly identify Green as the offender.

It wasn't until police officers carried out a search of Green's property, they found the same material used on the wick of the Molotov cocktails.

Mr LoMonaco said his client was born and raised in New South Wales, in the towns of Dubbo and Mudgee respectively.

It wasn't until Green started using cannabis that his offending proliferated.

Judge Nicholas Samios acknowledged there was always a common thread in District Court matters where crime stemmed from cannabis use; and the public did not really acknowledge that.

"You hear several people on the street acknowledge crimes that stem from alcohol... but never cannabis," he said.

"Cannabis leads to heavier drug use, which often leads to crime."

Judge Samios sentenced Green to two and a half years' imprisonment.

He will be released on parole on July 20, having already served eight months behind bars.

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