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Carlisle man with petrol can went to doctor's to set himself on fire

A man who was sent for a medical examination by the Department for Work and Pensions arrived at the doctor’s surgery with a petrol can intent on setting himself alight, a court heard.

At Carlisle Magistrates’ Court, 57-year-old Kevin John Kinsey was given a six-month community order.

The defendant, of St Ninian’s Road, Upperby, had earlier admitted common assault and using threatening behaviour.

Prosecutor Diane Jackson told District Judge Gerald Chalk that Kinsey was called to the Medical Centre in Carlyle Court, Fisher Street, for an examination on January 12.

This was despite his own GP having told the Department of Work and Pensions that he was not at the time fit to attend a medical examination.

As Kinsey sat in the waiting room, staff noticed that he had a petrol can with him.

When it was time for him to see the doctor, he refused to leave the petrol can behind, and became agitated, which prompted the staff to call in security officers.

They tried to take the can away from the defendant but he kept saying that his sole intention was to harm himself.

He then unscrewed the petrol cap and shook the can, splashing one of the officers.

The can was eventually taken from Kinsey after a struggle.

Margaret Payne, mitigating, said her client had only wanted to harm himself, but made no attempt to do this.

He had focused on his own distress and did not realise the impact his actions would have others.

She said that Kinsey needed help for his serious mental health issues.

Judge Chalk also imposed an electronically monitored 8pm to 6am curfew. Kinsey must also pay court costs of £250 and compensation to the security guard of £100.

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