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Mental illness drove man to threaten to blow up his Dudley flat
4:48pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A MENTALLY ill man threatened to blow up his Dudley flat because he believed people were conspiring against him.
Anthony Cadwallader, aged 42, was made the subject of a hospital order after Wolverhampton Crown Court heard he set fire to curtains in his flat putting at risk the lives of other residents in the block.
Judge Robin Onions said it was clear because of his mental illness that Cadwallader thought he was going to be attacked.
The judge said he had been "grossly reckless" when he started the fire but he had then shown a "degree of realisation" about what he had done by contacting the fire brigade.
Cadwallader also went straight to a telephone box near Dudley Police Station, dialled 999 and told officers what he had done in his Trindle Road flat.
He later told cops: "I set the fire because they keep trying to get me."
When firemen arrived at the ground floor flat they discovered the fire had gone out and there was only a small amount of smoke damage to the property.
Prosecution barrister Bernard Linnemann said Cadwallader then told police he would return to the flat to burn it down while also threatening to blow it up.
He said he wanted to "get back at the people who were conspiring against him" while accepting his actions had been reckless towards people living in other flats inside the block.
The judge said it was clear from psychiatric reports that Cadwallader was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and he would benefit from treatment.
He told Cadwallader, who admitted arson and being reckless as to whether life was endangered: "You tried to minimise the danger you had caused."
Stephen Bailey, for Cadwallader, said the future looked promising for his client, who was clearly in need of treatment to resolve his condition.