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Suicidal firestarter set to learn his fate; SHERIFF COURT.

A loner who deliberately torched his tenement flat was told he will have to wait to discover his punishment.

Robert Bews, 38, set fire to rubbish at his house in Paisley's George Street, causing flames to destroy the bottom floor flat.

Suicidal Bews was only saved after brave Kevin O'Donnell, 47, burst into the burning house and dragged him to safety.

The fire had blown out the windows of the property, with fierce flames and thick black smoke billowing into the street.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard when Bews was stretchered into the ambulance he was asked by police what happened.

He replied:"I set my house on fire."

Procurator fiscal depute Claire Nicholls added:"When asked by the witness,'Why did you do that?,'the accused replied,'I wanted to kill myself.'" Fire bosses who probed the scene confirmed with Bews that he had set fire to bags of rubbish beside his couch.

He appeared for sentencing at court after pleading guilty to a charge of wilful fireraising by setting fire to a quantity of rubbish causing fire to take hold, causing damage to the flat, and to the danger of the lives of occupants at George Street.

However, Sheriff Craig Harris remanded him in custody until next week when he will discover his fate when he is sentenced by his Sheriff Frances McCartney.

Bews will be handed his punishment on Monday, January 21.

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Jan 17, 2019
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