Jail for Swansea rapper who tried to petrol-bomb rival’s residence and set fireplace to mistaken home
A rapper from Wales has been jailed for nearly 10 years for petrol-bombing a lady’s residence after mistaking it for the home of his rival.
Michael Jordan Athernought, 25, from Tontine Avenue, Swansea, admitted committing arson with intent to hazard lives after throwing a home made explosive on the door of a property on Clyndu Avenue, Morriston, at round 3am on 16 November.
Athernought, who raps below the identify Ath, was focusing on rapper Ricky Williams, also called Persistent Official.
The pair had been in a long-running feud.
As an alternative, Athernought torched the house of Helen Davies and her teenage son, who was sleeping downstairs after breaking his leg.
They had been woken to the sound of their fireplace alarm and folks banging on the door.
Two neighbours, together with one in every of Mr Williams’ brothers, heard glass shattering then the “whoosh” of the door catching fireplace, in addition to seeing a person operating away.
The neighbours managed to get Ms Davies and her son to security and had principally put out the fireplace by the point firefighters arrived.
A hearth investigator later stated that had the neighbours not acted so shortly, the flames might have enveloped the home.
Choose Paul Thomas QC referred to as the rapper “pathetic” and “infantile” throughout a listening to at Swansea Crown Court docket on Monday, describing him as somebody who thinks of himself as a “pseudo-gangster”.
Simply three days earlier than the assault, Athernought posted a video directed at Mr Williams on YouTube, threatening to “burn your own home to the bottom”, including: “Battle means warfare.”
Athernought, who seems topless within the clip sporting a gold cross on a sequence, stated he was drunk within the video, which had been seen 71 instances.
He took the video down after committing the offence.
Ian Wright QC, prosecuting, instructed the courtroom that the dispute began when Athernought made destructive feedback about Mr Williams’ music on Fb and in retaliation, Mr Williams posted a “diss monitor” about Athernought.
Assault was ‘pathetically infantile’
South Wales Police arrested Athernought at his residence shortly after the incident, the place officers discovered a jerrycan of petrol and a towel torn into items.
In a press release to the courtroom, Ms Davies stated the incident impacted her psychological well being and precipitated her to wish to go away the world.
Choose Thomas instructed Athernought: “You had been concerned in a feud with fellow rapper Ricky Williams arising out of feedback he made about one thing you posted.
“A extra pathetic, infantile cause for performing as you probably did is frankly fairly tough to think about.
“As an alternative of performing as a grown-up, you determined, since you consider your self as some type of pseudo-gangster, to make a video.
“And in that video, you made threats to burn his home down. It was as graphically threatening because it was pathetically infantile.
“You adopted by means of along with your threats by going to what you thought was his home and setting fireplace to it utilizing accelerants.
“In precise reality, on account of your incompetence, you bought the mistaken home.”
The decide handed Athernought an prolonged sentence of 9 years and 9 months, telling him he would serve 4 years and 6 months in jail earlier than being launched on license for the rest of the time period.
He additionally ordered him to pay a surcharge on his launch and imposed a 10-year restraining order.