Sheffield nan set fire to his bed in failed suicide attempt

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A SHEFFIELD man who attempted to commit suicide by starting a fire in his city centre flat has been detained in hospital under the Mental Heath Act.

Sheffield Crown Court heard 48-year-old Paul Henderson, of Solly Street, Brookhill, set fire to his duvet and the flames then spread to papers under his bed.

Three fire engines rushed to the block of 32 flats and four firemen entered the building using water jets to extinguish the flames.

Because his bedroom door was closed, damage was restricted to his flat although there was some smoke damage to an area of corridor, the court heard.

The court was told residents in the 31 other flats were evacuated from the building because firefighters were concerned the blaze may spread.

Henderson left the building and approached a fire officer outside.

He then confessed: “I did it on purpose.

“I wanted to kill myself. I then realised I didn’t and called the fire brigade.”

The court was told that Henderson was of previous good character.

He had no previous history of offending but did have a history of mental health problems including depression and bipolar disorder.

The court heard the authors of two separate psychiatric reports recommended that Henderson should be made subject of a Section 37 order under the Mental Health Act.

They said that Henderson, who since the fire had been a patient at the Humber Centre For Forensic Psychiatry in Hull, was full of remorse for his actions and that he was responding to treatment and regularly taking his medication.

Imposing the Section 37 order, Judge Rosalind Coe QC said: “It is apparent that you suffer from bipolar disorder and that you require treatment.

“You were oblivious of the risk to others.”