A homeless man who tried to set fireplace to petrol pumps in a bid to take his personal life has been jailed.
Within the early hours of Could 20, Matthew Nurse, 30, was seen strolling throughout the forecourt on the Esso Storage in Albion Avenue.
Nurse picked up an unleaded petrol pump and held a lighter up in an try to set fireplace to it.
Fortuitously, an worker within the kiosk noticed Nurse appearing “bizzarely” and didn’t press the button to permit petrol by way of the nozzle.
Talking to Hull Crown Court throughout a earlier listening to on Friday, barrister Jeremy Evans mentioned: “She started to panic and pressed the panic button which is manned by Humberside Police. Nurse returned to the pump and began dancing and screaming.
“He had taken two tyres from a close-by storage and was throwing them at a wall.”
Clients on the petrol station heard Nurse “shouting and making unusual noises” as he tried to tear bollards out of the bottom earlier than leaving the scene.
When he was arrested Nurse – who had downed two bottles of cider – was interviewed and proven CCTV footage of the incident.
He informed officers: “I used to be p***** out of my head” and mentioned it was an try to take his personal life.
Choose Mark Bury had adjourned the listening to till this week, and through that session, Nurse’s behaviour was described as “unpredictable”.
He mentioned: “[She] was frightened by the defendant’s bizzare behaviour which might have precipitated him extraordinarily severe hurt and the potential to trigger others within the neighborhood severe hurt.
“There’s a historical past of despair. He has been detained up to now twice below the psychological well being act and there have been incidents of self-harm and suicide makes an attempt.
“His behaviour has been characterised as unpredictable and that may be a barrier to businesses working with him.
“The issue arises as a result of no-one is ready to take care of his psychological well being points whereas he’s nonetheless taking alcohol and medicines to extra.
“Every week earlier than he was discharged from a psychological well being unit and the psychiatrist is of the view that he has complicated psychological well being.”
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It was heard that Nurse had been launched from jail simply months earlier than the incident in Albion Avenue.
He was additionally on conditional discharge on the time after committing an offence of legal injury the place he “exploded in anger” and threw a fireplace extinguisher by way of the door of a homeless shelter.
Choose Bury agreed that the incident on the Esso storage in Albion Avenue a month later was an try by Nurse to take his personal life.
“This was, it appears to me, to have been a suicide try or at the very least an try of maximum self-harm,” he mentioned.
“It was luck that the storage was not notably busy. Had it been and had the buzzer sounded it could properly have been that she had simply pressed the button with out wanting.
“It isn’t all the way down to him it was solely an try. This was a severe offence of its sort leaving [the employee] shaken and shocked and it could have been a horrendous scenario had the defendant been allowed to mild the gasoline.”
Choose Bury sentenced Nurse to a few years and eight months in jail for tried arson