Tagged over 8 de­lib­er­ate fires

200 hours’ un­paid work

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Sarah Hil­ley

A se­rial fire­bug who started eight fires de­lib­er­ately in May­bole has been tagged at last.

John James Don­nelly torched May­bole Ju­niors home twice and burned an HGV.

Bizarrely, he vol­un­teered at the Lady­well Sta­dium ground and even washed the strips.

Don­nelly has con­ducted mul­ti­ple sim­i­lar at­tacks since Septem­ber, 2015.

The 28- year- old set bins on fire five times in his home street at Miller Ter­race.

As pun­ish­ment, Don­nelly was or­dered to carry out 200 hours of un­paid work at Ayr Sher­iff Court this week. He must stay in­doors be­tween 8pm and 7am for six months and un­dergo su­per­vi­sion for two years.

He ad­mit­ted tar­get­ing May­bole Ju­niors on Christ­mas Eve and Box­ing Day last year.

The home dress­ing room and man­ager’s room were badly dam­aged and the team’s kit de­stroyed. There was also a hole burned in the mid­dle of the physio’s ta­ble.

He set fire to bags and un­known items in the physio room. There was ex­ten­sive smoke dam­age to the fab­ric of the build­ing and con­tents of the chang­ing room.

On Oc­to­ber 8 last year, Don­nelly torched an HGV on a road, near Co­ral Glen in the town, caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age to the ve­hi­cle trailer and con­tents.

Don­nelly also pleaded guilty to will­fully set­ting rub­bish alight in wheelie bins on Miller Ter­race caus­ing fires to take ef­fect and cause dam­age on five oc­ca­sions. He con­ducted the bin blazes dur­ing 2015 on Septem­ber 6, Oc­to­ber 3, Novem­ber 1 and 4. He lit an­other one on May 2, 2016.

He was also charged with set­ting fire to a wooden shed fire at Car­rick Academy on May 20 but his not guilty plea was ac­cepted by the pros­e­cu­tor.

Don­nelly is due back in court for a com­mu­nity or­der pay­back re­view in Jan­uary.

Don­nelly Or­dered to carry out 200 hours of un­paid work

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