A MAN who bombed a love rival's car out of revenge using a highly volatile explosive had been under the "extremely high and extremely wayward" influence of his father, a court heard yesterday.
At Daniel Fing's sentencing hearing in Newcastle District Court, defence barrister John Fitzgerald said the 24-year-old, who has bipolar disorder, was described in a psychologist's report as highly intelligent and "a man of promise".
But because of the influence and interference of his father, convicted fraud Trevor Fing, he had displayed "heavily compromised" judgement in planting the bomb under his rival's Holden Commodore in the car park of Belmont McDonald's on June 1, 2006.
The court heard that the improvised explosive device (IED), which detonated when the man reversed out of his park, was found to contain triacetone triperoxide (TATP). The man escaped but his Commodore and a second car were destroyed.
Fing, formerly of Livingstone Street, Belmont, pleaded guilty in August last year to maliciously destroying a car by means of explosive, with intent to cause bodily injury.
Mr Fitzgerald said yesterday that an expert's report indicated TATP was a highly volatile explosive even in the hands of experts.
He said Fing had not been schooled in any way about its use and the danger the incident posed to himself demonstrated his naivety.
This also harked back to his father, he said, who appeared to have little regard for his son's safety in influencing his actions, showing a "somewhat callous disregard".
Mr Fitzgerald argued that Fing's sentence should be adjusted to be at least partly concurrent with a separate jail sentence he had already served for possessing TATP. Fing had been charged with the bombing the day before he was due to be released, on February 22 last year.
Mr Fitzgerald said if police "had their act together" the matters would have been dealt with at the same time.
Crown prosecutor Lee Carr said the offences were distinct, despite the common element of TATP.
The matter was adjourned to next Friday for Judge Ralph Coolahan to hand down his sentence.