A WOMAN living in the Ballymena area was left “terrified” after her ex-partner tracked her down to a new address and petrol was poured over her car which was burnt out in an early morning attack.
CCTV put up at the house by the woman showed her ex-partner Nathan Nealson (21), with an address at Islay Street in Antrim, at the scene.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court the Fire Service attended the blaze involving the car worth £5,000, on April 3 this year.
The defendant was sentenced on Thursday on charges of arson and breaching a Restraining Order.
A defence barrister said Nealson was “deeply regretful” for what he had done during the incident on April 3 this year.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said a victim impact statement showed the attack had a “profound effect” on the woman and she had been put in “great fear”.
He said Nealson had “terrified this young lady”.
The judge said the defendant had acted in a very deliberate and dangerous way and unlike some cases it had not been some “drunken reaction” but instead there had been premeditation and planning involved.
Nealson was given a one year sentence and a six months suspended sentence was also activated giving him a total sentence of 18 months in jail.
The court heard that last November the defendant had been given a six months sentence suspended for two years in connection with an incident when he had assaulted the woman on July 12, 2018.
At Thursday’s Court, Nealson was also given a five year Restraining Order and is excluded from going within 500 metres of his former partner’s address.
Bail was fixed for appeal but Judge Broderick said the defendant was not to be released from prison ahead of the appeal.