South Scotland

Langholm man set himself alight after row with girlfriend

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption A court heard how Miller set himself alight after a row with his girlfriend

A court has heard how a man ended up needing hospital treatment for burns after he set himself alight following an argument with his girlfriend.

The incident happened at Cressfield Stable Cottages in Ecclefechan.

Lewis Miller, 21, of Henry Street, Langholm, had been out drinking and during the row he sprayed himself with hairspray and threatened to light it.

He admitted recklessly starting the fire and was ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid work and pay compensation.

Dumfries Sheriff Court was told how the incident unfolded in March this year.

Miller had been out for a drink before returning to the house.

Depute fiscal Bob Morrison said that during an argument he had sprayed hairspray on himself and furnishings and threatened to set it alight.

The woman went off to bed upstairs, but later she returned downstairs to find the sofa burning and Miller trying to put out the fire on himself and furnishings with his hand.

Abusive manner

He admitted culpably and recklessly starting the fire which destroyed clothing and furnishings and posed a risk and danger to the lives of others at the cottages.

He also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and shouting and swearing.

Mr Morrison said in addition to the clothing and furnishings there was smoke damage to the premises.

Miller was taken to hospital and found to have first degree burns to his hand and second degree burns elsewhere.

Solicitor David Finnie said Miller had taken a considerable amount of drink and accepted full responsibility and also accepted that the relationship was now at an end.

He was made the subject of a community payback order with a condition that he be under supervision for two years.

He was ordered carry out 250 hours unpaid work and pay compensation of £500 to the former girlfriend and £2,500 to the owner of the premises.