A PARANOID schizophrenic who set fire to a bin at the Countess of Chester Hospital because he wanted treatment has been sentenced.
Steven Hall, 49, of Heron Place, Chester, pleaded guilty to setting fire to a bin filled with paper at the Countess on July 28.
West Cheshire Magistrates Court heard that Hall had gone to the Countess because he wanted treatment for his mental health issues but the mental health team assesed him and decided he was well enough to be released.
The court heard that smoke was seen coming from the cafe area of the Bowmere Hospital, on the Countess grounds, at about 7.30pm which set off the fire alarms and caused staff and patients to evacuate the building. Hall was arrested in the grounds of the hospital and was found with two lighters in his possesion.
His defence said setting the fire was a “cry for help” as Hall felt his condition was detoriating.
He was used to being admitted when he was under extreme stress to help him deal with it.
The damage had been very minor with only the bin being damaged.
She added that Hall had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
Magistrates gave him an 18-month community order with supervision and a 12-month mental health order.
Hall was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and prosecution costs of £85.