A MAN from Ellesmere Port who set fire to his own house has been jailed for three years and nine months.
Paul Michael Davies, of Princes Road, admitted arson with intent to endanger life, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing a bladed article in a public place at Chester Crown Court yesterday.
The court heard how police and firefighters had to be called to Davies’s home on October 9.
They could see flames through the window but, after forcing their way in, the fire was out and Davies, 25, was unharmed.
But it later emerged that minutes before starting the fire, Davies had made a desperate telephone call to a health worker at the Bowmere Hospital in Chester and threatened to shoot himself with a stun gun.
At an earlier hearing, the court was told that just weeks before the arson incident Davies had run at an acquaintance holding a knife and attacked him over a dispute, although the knife was not used in any way to harm the victim, Samuel Baker.
Mr Baker required a small amount of stitching to his head and Davies was subsequently arrested.
It was while he was bail for this offence that Davies made a call to a health worker, appearing drunk and slurring his speech in an agitated state.
He said he had been out with friends and was in possession of a stun gun which he was going to use to ‘shoot himself’.
Shortly afterwards, he set fire to his home.
Davies was sentenced to three years and nine months in custody.