A rapper who bragged on Instragram live video about how he would carry out a revenge petrol bomb attack on a rival has been jailed for 12 years.
George Carpenter, also known as Carpo, carried out the revenge attack at a home in Grove Street, Edge Hill, Liverpool, on July 11 last year.
A court heard he had ‘bad blood’ with another rapper in the city, Tremaine Wiltshire, known as Tremz.
A video of Carpenter’s grandmother’s home being attacked by a group of men was shared on Tremz’s Instagram account, where shouts of ‘Carpo you grass’ could be heard.
Carpenter then shared an Instagram live video in which he made threats to ‘light up’ the home of a woman whose son is friends with Tremz.
George Carpenter, also known as Carpo, was jailed for 12 years after he shared on social media his plans to carry out revenge petrol bomb attack on rival rapper Tremz
In the video Carpenter comments ‘silence is deadly’ and says ‘I guarantee that genie gets put in the bottle’.
It is understood the males who committed the attack on the home of Carpenter’s grandparents have not been identified.
Carpenter, 33, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court alongside Adam Achramowicz, also 33, who drove Carpenter and an unknown male from Milton Keynes to Liverpool.
The court heard on the way Achramowicz stopped at a service station and filled a container with petrol, initially claiming it was for fuel.
But a judge said this week: ‘You must have had some knowledge of what your co-defendant was going to do with the petrol, though I accept by your plea you were unaware of the exact plan.’
When they arrived Carpenter and the unknown male were dropped close to Grove Street where they had a short discussion before Carpenter left.
In July last year Carpenter (pictured during an Instagram live) carried out the attack on a property in Edge Hill, Liverpool, following ‘bad blood’ with another Liverpool rapper, Tremaine Wiltshire, known as Tremz
Cheryl Mottram, prosecuting, said: ‘The crown say it is clear the unknown male threw the petrol bomb through the window at the instruction of Mr Carpenter.’
The court heard the woman was awake when she heard a bang before realising the curtains in her living room and her couch was alight.
Fortunately she and other occupants in the house were able to extinguish the blaze with a hose.
The court heard the victim suffered injuries to her foot due to the broken glass as well as burns to her hands and fingers and ‘some psychological harm’.
A fire investigation officer described a ‘strong smell of petrol’ and a wine bottle was discovered near the sofa.
Shortly after the attack Carpenter uploaded a second video to Instagram where he ‘gloated’ about the arson attack.
Carpenter, of no fixed address, but previously of Walton, Liverpool, admitted committing arson with intent to endanger life.
Carpenter, 33, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court (pictured) alongside Adam Achramowicz, also 33, who drove Carpenter and another male from Milton Keynes to Liverpool
He has nine convictions for 14 offences including violent disorder and robbery, sexual offending, possession of drugs, handling of stolen goods, possession with intent to supply cannabis and in February 2019 was convicted of affray and failing to surrender, which resulted in a custodial sentence.
Achramowicz, of Towpath Avenue, Northampton, admitted arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.
The court heard Achramowicz is ‘effectively’ of good character with one conviction for failing to surrender in 2010.
Mike O’Brien, defending Carpenter, said: ‘The defendant maintains once he became aware a fire started he arranged a male and female to attend the address to warn the occupants.’
The court heard that their attendance was confirmed in the woman’s witness statement.
Mr O’Brien explained Carpenter pleaded guilty and ‘expresses remorse’ in a probation report where he ‘shows insight into his behaviour’.
Laban Leake, defending Achramowicz, explained the defendant was effectively offered free drugs to carry out the journey but is now drug free.
The court heard Achramowicz has maintained a strong work ethic and has been employed for around the past 11 years.
Judge Garrett Byrne, sentencing, said: ‘This was a serious and wicked offence which arose from what started as a trivial feud between you Carpenter and a Mr Tremaine Wiltshire.’
The court heard the woman was awake when she heard a bang before realising the curtains in her living room and her couch was alight at her home in Grave Street, Liverpool. Pictured: A general view of Grove Street
The judge said in the footage Carpenter was ‘very angry’ and ‘clearly out of control and intent on committing acts of violence’.
Judge Byrne said: ‘You were effectively threatening a revenge attack.’
He added: ‘Had all the occupants been asleep there was no guarantee they could have roused them before the fire took hold of the house.
‘The risk was still very high and the risk was of very serious injury.
‘It was fortuitous to say the least that the victim was awake at the time and that she and her family were able to put out the fire.’
The judge said if the woman had been asleep the situation could easily have been more serious, adding that after it took place Carpenter uploaded another video ‘effectively gloating’.
The judge said: ‘This is aggravated by your previous convictions and the fact this was a revenge attack, that there was a significant degree of planning and the use of a petrol bomb.’
Carpenter was branded a ‘dangerous’ offender by a judge and was jailed for 12 years, with an extended two years on licence.
The team defending Achramowicz (pictured) explained the he was effectively offered free drugs to carry out the journey but is now drug free
This type of sentence means he will spend at least two thirds of the custodial term – eight years – behind bars.
Carpenter will then only be released before the end of his sentence if a parole board considers he is no longer a risk.
Sentencing Achramowicz for arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered the judge said he accepted there was ‘an element of exploitation’ of Achramowicz by Carpenter.
Achramowicz was jailed for four years.