Raymond Davis of no fixed address wandered barefoot to a petrol gas food store on Waterloo Road, Stoke-on-Trent on September Sunday 9 of last year where he attempted to set himself alight.
Prosecuting, Rebecca Wade told the court: “
“He asked her for a cigarette, there was another customer pulling up so she gave him her
“When Miss Smith and another member of staff stopped him and told him to leave
“Shortly after the police arrived on the scene.”
Davies has eight previous
Mitigating, Andrew Turnock, said: ” From 1985 onwards
“This is the first time he has been driven to take his own life but he had no intention to harm others.
“He lacks family relationships as no one has visited from his family.
“He is capable of addressing the issues that prevail his character, plainly he is a lonely helpless figure.”
Sentencing Davis, Judge Glenn DL said: “You are 48 years-old on bail for a public
“Your sentence will be reduced by a third as your intention was to set fire to yourself but you were
“Monkey dust is a notorious substance which causes paranoia, your actions were highly dangerous and you recognise that.
“You have long term issues with drugs and alcohol.
“There was no damage but those who were affected by your actions would have found it terrifying.”
Davis was sentenced for 18 months of which he will serve half and then be under post-sentence supervision.