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Perth Prison inmate James Donoghue jailed for starting cell fire

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Image caption Fire crews were called to Perth Prison after James Donoghue started a fire in his cell

A Perth Prison inmate who used pots of jam to set fire to his cell has been jailed for a further 22 months.

Convicted armed robber James Donoghue pushed a mattress against his cell door and ignited the miniature pots of preserves.

The incident happened after Donoghue was moved to the maximum security jail last July.

Sheriff Fiona Tait told the 33-year-old she took a "serious view of any wilful fireraising".

Donoghue, 33, was jailed for nearly five years in 2011 after clambering through a student's flat window in Dundee and robbing him at knifepoint.

Extensively damaged

Depute fiscal Gavin Letford told Perth Sheriff Court that Donoghue had vandalised his cell after being refused medication and had been moved.

He was later heard shouting "fire" and when officers looked in they saw the mattress pressed against the door and flames rising from the floor.

Solicitor advocate Jim Laverty, defending, said: "Sachets of preserve or jam had been given to him and he placed these in the spyhole and set fire to them. The fire never took hold of the mattress.

"He accepts what he did was the wrong way to go about things."

Donoghue, of Wiston Place, Dundee, admitted two charges of vandalism and a third of setting fire to his cell and causing smoke damage in July last year. Sentence was deferred.

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