A SECOND murder bid accused arrested in connection with an alleged petrol bomb attack on the home of a Greenock couple has appeared in court.

Brendan O'Donnell, 22, is accused of hurling 'a number' of Molotov cocktails at the Union Street property and trying to kill a man and a woman inside.

Co-accused Craig MacFarlane, 25, was locked up earlier this month in relation to the same alleged incident, which is said to have occurred on July 13.

O'Donnell made no plea through lawyer Gordon Nicol, of McCusker, McIlroy & Gallanagh, after appearing on petition in private at Greenock Sheriff Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The charge against him alleges that while acting with another he 'did wilfully set fire to cloth within glass bottles containing accelerant, commonly known as a petrol bomb'.

It further claims that he 'did throw a number thereof and the fire took effect thereon as a result of which the window frame and curtains were damaged' to danger of life.

The charge goes on to allege that O'Donnell, of Grieve Road, 'did attempt to murder' those inside the house at the time.

He was arrested as part of the Operation Tell investigation into a spate of petrol bombings in Greenock in recent months.

Another alleged bomber, Kieran McAnally, 24, was released on bail earlier this month after appearing in court on a charge of an attempted murder attack on a house on Cumberland Road in Larkfield, on September 19.

The Telegraph understands he has since been remanded in custody for an alleged knife offence.

A number of homes have been wrecked in a spree of violence which is believed to be the product of a feud between criminal parties known to police.

Crimestoppers last month put up a reward of £10,000 in return for information about the incidents.

Petrol bomber George Miller died after accidentally setting himself alight in September behind the same house on Union Street that MacFarlane is accused of attacking.

A flat on Wellington Street — with a young girl inside — was targeted with Molotov cocktails two days later.

The child's mother was left badly injured as a result.

A firestarter deliberately torched a property at Kincaid Court on September 28 and residents had to be evacuated.

A 25-year-old man appeared in court last week in relation to that incident.

O'Donnell's case has been continued for further examination and he has been remanded in custody.

He is due to appear again on the matter next week.