02:11AM, Friday 25 November 2011
A man who tried to fire bomb the Honeypot has escaped jail.
Colin Gibson tried to burn down the Queen Street venue because of a disagreement over money.
The 44-year-old, who lives with his mother in Broadway, appeared at Reading Crown Court this morning after pleading guilty to arson at the start of his trial on October 25.
The court heard he visited the lap dancing club on July 6 and spent all his cash on dancers and alcohol.
When he could not pay for his final drink it was taken back off him.
He became convinced staff had stolen his money and returned when the venue was closed and hurled a burning container of flammable liquid through a window.
It landed on a tiled floor and the flames did not take but caused smoke damage.
It was discovered the next morning by a barman who was asleep in the flat upstairs at the time of the attack.
Passing sentence Judge Ian Grainger said it was a 'crazy and dangerous act' for which Gibson should be ashamed.
He gave him a 45 week jail sentence, suspended for 18 months during which time he must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was ordered to pay £600 costs.
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