Plans to petrol bomb Daventry pub foiled

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POLICE officers stopped a mentally ill man moments before he petrol bombed a Daventry pub.

A jury at Northampton Crown Court heard on Monday that Edward Clancy, 33, dialled 999 and told the operator he was going to “blow up the pub”.

Clancy, of Althorp Close in Daventry, has been sectioned indefinitely as a result of the short trial.

Two officers were despatched to The Queen of Hearts pub, on the Ashby Fields estate in the town shortly after midnight on July 17 last year.

Lucy Fairclough, prosecuting, said they spotted Clancy, stopped and searched him and found three Molatov cocktails, made from milk bottles, paper wicks, petrol, a cigarette lighter and a Stanley knife, in a carrier bag.

Having been assessed by two psychiatrists, they concluded he was mentally unfit to enter pleas due to him suffering from hebephrenic schizophrenia.

A jury was then asked to decide if he had done “the acts alleged” rather than decide guilt or innocence.

They concluded Clancy had been in possession of a knife in a public place and explosives after a short trial of the facts.

Steven Evans, defending, said: “There are two psychiatrists’ reports available and the nature of the defendant’s illness is that it warrants hospital treatment and indeed the defendant has been at a local psychiatric unit for some months.

“I would invite your honour to make an order under section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and your honour will then need to consider whether a condition under section 41, commonly known as a restriction order, should be imposed.”

Judge Richard Bray concluded Clancy should be sectioned indefinitely at Berrywood Hospital in Duston, due to the danger he posed.

He also issued a restriction upon any eventual release, which can only be granted by the Home Secretary of the day.