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Boy, eight, wins €3,500 over petrol station blast threat

An unidentified man held up a pump nozzle and cigarette lighter and threatened to “light this place up”, a court heard.
Jul 20th 2011, 11:30 AM 670 5

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD schoolboy has been awarded €3,500 after a man threatened to blow up his mother as they waited in a petrol station.

Funmilayo Ejigboye, 43, was with her two sons at a Tesco filling station in Finglas, Dublin in August 2009 when the driver of another car threatened her, a court heard yesterday. Ms Ejiboye’s lawyer said: “He tapped her driver’s window with the nozzle of the petrol pump and, holding his finger over a lighter, told her: “Move the fucking car or I’ll fucking light you and this place up.”

The man then drove his car twice into the back of Ms Ejigboye’s vehicle and Paul Ejigboye suffered minor whiplash injuries, the Circuit Civil Court heard. The man has not been traced but Judge Matthew Deery awarded damages from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland.

Read Ray Managh’s full story in today’s Irish Examiner (print edition only) >

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