A prisoner who was allowed mobile phone access during the pandemic organised murder hits as revenge for his brother being stabbed.

Richard Warnock pled guilty to a murder conspiracy charge after organising three firebombings in Greenock, Inverclyde in 2020.

Relatives and properties of Andrew Sutherland and his half-brother Leonard Cole jnr were targeted.

Warnock believed the two were to blame for an attack on Reece Warnock in 2019.

He was in HMP Shotts at the time, serving an 11-year jail term for attempting to murder a woman and assaulting her partner.

Sutherland was jailed for six years in November 2020 after he pled guilty to the attempted murder of 18-year-old Reece Warnock in Port Glasgow.

However Cole jnr was cleared at a separate court case.

The first hit was a petrol bomb attack on 13 July 2020 at a flat in Union Street, Greenock, where Cole’s parents Rosaleen Sutherland and Leonard Cole snr were at the time.

A drug user called George Miller was then recruited to target the property again on 14 September that year.

After pouring petrol on the door and through the letterbox, Mr Miller died after setting himself on fire.

The final incident was at a flat in the town’s Cumberland Road on 19 September.

There were also further threats to shoot Cole jnr and individuals linked to him.