Rescued man had ‘homemade bombs’
Fireworks with nails inside found in hospital as fire victim treated for burns
AMAN rescued from a fire was armed with deadly home‘bombs’, a court made heard.
Ian Whyatt, 46, loaded fireworks with nails before deliberately starting a fire at his home on London Road, Macclesfield, in 2013, prosecutors said.
The unexploded devices were discovered after he had been rescued and was being treated for burns in hospital.
Whyatt, who was suffering from paranoid delusions, told police his actions were a plea for help.
At Chester Crown Court on Monday Whyatt admitted arson and making an explosive substance under suspicious circumstances.
But on advice from doctors Judge Nicholas Woodward decided that instead of going to prison Whyatt should be kept in hospital for treatment indefinitely.
The court heard that it was Whyatt that called the fire service at 7pm on November 2 saying he was trapped on a first floor bedroom and couldn’t get out of the house.
Jane Morris, prosecuting, told the court heard that firefighters were hampered by a barricade of wooden planks across the inside of the front door.
Mrs Morris said: “Firefighters found fire had engulfed the stairs.
“They could hear shouts coming from upstairs. As they made their way upstairs, a large piece of wood fell and hit them. Fortunately they were protected by their helmets.
“They managed to crawl into the bedroom as other firefighters used a ladder to get into the bedroom.”
The court heard that Whyatt was rambling about being followed and threatened by members of a major drugs ring.
Mrs Morris said: “He told police he didn’t feel safe and started the fire deliberately to get help.
“Police searched Whyatt at the hospital, where he was being treated for burns, and found a Stanley knife and seven fireworks with nails inside.
“A fire investigation concluded that the fire had been started using petrol. It said there was potential for an explosion and the nails would have acted as shrapnel.
“The report concluded that firefighters would have delayed entry or withdrawn if they had known about the fireworks.”
Judge Woodward told Whyatt: “You have been suffering with mental health problems since October 2013.
“It is very clear you had been trying to get assistance and do not fully understand the delusional disorder you have. It is a result of this condition that you committed serious offences.”
‘Police searched Wyatt... and found a Stanley knife and seven fireworks’