Schizophrenic torched his council flat

Schizophrenic torched his council flat

A SCHIZOPHRENIC drug user set fire to his council flat because he didn’t like his neighbours and wanted to move.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Luke Grogan smashed a front window in the ground-floor flat on Milton Walk, Dewsbury, before setting fire to his mattress on September 23 last year.

The 28-year-old, now of School Crescent in Dewsbury Moor, said that he rang the fire brigade and then banged on his neighbours’ doors to alert them to the fire.

After the incident, Grogan told a psychiatrist that he started the blaze because he wanted to move house and didn’t like his neighbours.

He pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Grogan’s lawyer, Richard Reed, said he suffers with paranoid schizophrenia and was in hospital for around four months after the incident.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC agreed that Grogan’s mental health disorder is compounded by his illegal drug use.

He sentenced Grogan to two years and eight months in prison, but he’ll be eligible for release when he has served half the sentence.

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