An idiotic wannabe gangster from Swansea, Wales, has been jailed after attempting to petrol bomb the house of one of his rap 'rivals', instead, he hit the home of a completely innocent woman and her teenage son.
25-year-old wannabe gangster and self-proclaimed rapper Michael Jordan Athernought from Tontine Street, Swansea, admitted committing arson with intent to endanger lives after throwing a petrol bomb at the door of a house on Clyndu Street, Morriston, on November 16 last year.
The rapper who goes by the name of "Ath" intended on hitting the home of his rap rival Ricky Williams, who goes by the name of Chronic Official, the two had been in a long-running childish feud. Instead of torching the house of his intended target, Athernought managed to set fire to the home of a woman living with her teenage son.
The judge at Swansea Crown Court summed up the wannabe rapper quite accurately, labeling him "pathetic" and "childish", describing him as someone who thinks of himself as a "pseudo-gangster".
Judge Paul Thomas QC said: "You were involved in a feud with fellow rapper Ricky Williams arising out of comments he made about something you posted. A more pathetic, childish reason for acting as you did is frankly quite difficult to imagine."
Three days before the failed attack, Athernough had posted a rap video on YouTube directed at Ricky Williams where he threatened to "burn his house to the ground", and added, "war means war."
In the somewhat embarrassing footage, Athernough pranced around topless wearing a gold cross on a chain.
After Athernought had petrol-bombed an innocent and unconnected woman's house he took down the clip, which had amassed 71 views on YouTube.
Prosecutor Ian Wright QC told the court that "just after 3am on the day of the offence, Athernought went to the street where he knew Mr Williams' family lived and threw the firebomb he had taken with him at a house".
The house he hit belonged to Helen Davies and her teenage son, who at the time was sleeping downstairs after breaking his leg. "Both woke to the sound of their fire alarm and people banging on their door."
Two neighbours, one of which was Mr Williams' brother, heard glass smashing, followed by the "whoosh" of the door catching fire, he also watched as a man ran away.
The neighbours kicked down the front door and managed to pull Ms Davies and her son to safety, when firefighters arrived at the scene at around 3.16am, most of the fire had already been extinguished.
An investigator from the fire service concluded that had the neighbours not acted as quickly as they did, the fire could have enveloped the whole house.
Athernought was quickly arrested at his home where South Wales Police found a jerrycan of petrol next to a towel with pieces torn from it.
Judge Paul Thomas said: "You were involved in a feud with fellow rapper Ricky Williams arising out of comments he made about something you posted.
"A more pathetic, childish reason for acting as you did is frankly quite difficult to imagine.
"Instead of acting as a grown-up, you decided, because you think of yourself as some sort of pseudo-gangster, to make a video.
"In that video, you made threats to burn his house down. It was as graphically threatening as it was pathetically childish.
"You followed through with your threats by going to what you thought was his house and setting fire to it using accelerants.
"In actual fact, due to your incompetence, you got the wrong house. "The attack was in fact on the house of an entirely innocent neighbour, a lady named Helen Davies, who lived there with her teenage son who was on crutches at the time due to an injury.
"If it hadn't been for quick thinking on her behalf and others, far more damage, injury, or worse could have been caused. That, however, was no thanks to you."
The court heard how the wannabe rapper had a long track record of criminal damage and violence, and at the time of the offence was serving a suspended sentence for breaching a restraining order.
Judge Thomas added: "It seems to me that when you can't have your way, you decide to destroy things.
"I should also note as well, that your puerile contempt for the police and for the courts was all too apparent in the video that I have watched. "Obviously, you seem to think that you can get away with what you want, because you're in some way above all that, being, of course, an important rapper."
The judge gave Athernought an extended sentence of nine years and nine months.