Published Tuesday, 15 October 2013
James McLaughlin, 30, denies the offences. (© UTV)
James McLaughlin is also accused of destroying by fire one police car and attempting to destroy a second police car by fire at Glenshane Road on the outskirts of Feeny on 8 September 2012.
He denies committing the offences.
He also denies threatening to kill two police officers and possessing a hurling stick on the same date.
Opening the prosecution case to the jury at the Crown Court in Derry, a prosecution barrister said during the alleged incidents the police officers became so concerned for their safety that they drew their weapons and pointed them at McLaughlin.
The barrister said the police were called to the defendant's home following reports of an ongoing domestic incident.
The defendant had had an argument with his parents after which his father put him out of the family home.
When the officers arrived, the defendant was sitting on a wall to the rear of the house and was topless.
The prosecutor said the defendant is alleged to have approached the officers holding a plastic petrol container in one hand and a lighter in the other.
He splashed petrol over the bonnet of a police Ford Mondeo car before setting the vehicle on fire. The car was completely destroyed in the blaze.
He is then alleged to have poured petrol on the bonnet of a second police car, a Skoda Octavia, but his attempts to set fire to that vehicle were unsuccessful because his lighter wouldn't work.
The defendant is alleged to have shouted at the officers:"I will burn the f***ing cars then youse are getting it".
He is then accused of throwing petrol from the can towards the police officers.
The defendant ran off - but was caught after a brief chase and handcuffed after police had used CS spray on him.
The trial continues.
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