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Onesie wearing Galway man drank 18 cans before setting landlady's porch on fire

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Enda Bohan in lingerie (Pic: Facebook)
Enda Bohan in lingerie (Pic: Facebook)

A Galway man who tried to torch his landlady’s home while inebriated and wearing a onesie has been jailed.

35-year-old Enda Bohan, who is originally from Galway but now lives in Milton Keynes, sculled more than 18-cans of Fosters before getting into a row with his boyfriend and landlady over rent.

A series of bizarre events then unfolded which culminated in the marauding, onesie wearing drunkard, setting his landlady, Miss Amy Davies', porch on fire.

Aylesbury Crown Court in the UK heard that Miss Davies had found Bohan in a drunken stupor at 8:15pm on the 6th of November.

Enda Bohan's mug shot (Thames Valley Police)

He awoke two hours later and told his landlady that he had slurped down 18 tins of Foster’s larger.

Nigel Ogborne, prosecuting, told the court: “Between 4am and 9am the following morning there was a considerable noise coming from the bedroom. It was an argument between this defendant and his partner.

“Miss Davies told the defendant to leave the property; he refused. She phoned the police on a number of occasions to get some help. The police did not attend.”

The court heard that Bohan continued to drink has he argued with his partner throughout the day.

At some point between 4-5pm he left the house, wearing a onesie, to buy a bottle of Jack Daniels’s whiskey.

“It’s at that stage the complainant (Miss Davies) took the opportunity to lock the front door, so that no-one could come back in,” said Mr Ogborne.

“She did that because of fear for her children and that the behaviour would continue. Having locked the door, the defendant returned a short time after.

“He tried to get in but couldn’t. He started banging on the door, shouting and swearing.

“Miss Davies said she was recording him on her phone and for a while he started knocking gently.

“His behaviour then escalated and he started shouting and swearing, saying ‘are you crying to your mummy, you little bitch?’

“He said ‘I’m going to burn down your house. Wait till tonight, you’re not going to know what hit you’.

“The banging and swearing continued, lasting for about half an hour. At some point he disappeared.”

Enda Bohan (Pic: Facebook)

As Miss Davies phoned the police, the stocious Mr Bohan tried to fling a child’s scooter through one of the windows, but missed, hitting a neighbour’s car instead.

Police arrived after Bohan had gone, but he returned after they left.

The court heard that Miss Davies had gone upstairs to get changed at this point.

“Whilst upstairs she heard her children start screaming. She came downstairs and saw smoke and flames behind the door. She grabbed her children and ran out the back door. It was sticking and she ended up having to kick the back door before it opened,” the court heard.

Mr Ogborne said that although the fire could have burned itself out, firefighters said the more likely outcome was the heat generated would have smashed a porch window and led to the flames spreading.

Defence for Mr Bohan , Sophie O’Sullivan, said: “It’s clear from the circumstances it didn’t have any degree of planning. He believes he lit the clothing at the top of the pile, but accepts it would have spread naturally to those below it.

“It isn’t the case he started the fire with the intention for it to grow.

“He has notably struggled with alcoholism over a number of years. He has also been diagnosed with an emotional unstable personality disorder. The exhibiting behaviours from that condition are impulsive behavioural outbursts or explosive behaviours, which leant themselves to exactly the circumstances which took place on that day.

“He had 48 hours of sleep deprivation, which might go some way to explaining this extraordinary change of character. It is entirely out of character for Mr Bohan.”

The marauding, onesie wearing drunkard was jailed for two years and 10 months after admitting a charge of arson at Aylesbury Crown Court.

He was also made the subject of a restraining order against Miss Davies, which will last until further notice and told to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

Judge Sheridan told Bohan that the restraining order was necessary: “Should you choose to wreak revenge, she will suffer further violence at your hands.”