Man sets him­self on fire af­ter he’s re­fused a pint

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By OLLY HE­MANS

A MAN who was re­fused a drink at a ho­tel went into the car park, doused him­self in petrol and set him­self on fire, a judge heard.

Jerome Lankston threat­ened to burn down the place as well as him­self in the row with staff.

Lankston, 41, suf­fered seven per cent burns in the in­ci­dent and was only saved from death by quick-think­ing ho­tel man­ager Tony Kitchen.

A court heard that Lankston had stayed at the Bridge Ho­tel, in Chert­sey, Sur­rey, on Novem­ber 5 last year.

When he went back the fol­low­ing day to ask to stay an­other night, staff recog­nised him as the guest who had smoked in his room and they turned him away.

He made his way to the bar area but be­cause it was deemed he was al­ready in­tox­i­cated the man­ager told staff not to serve him and asked him to leave.

Cops were called when he kicked off and they es­corted him from the premises.

But soon af­ter they’d left Langston re­turned to the ho­tel with a jerry can and said, “I’m go­ing to torch this place and my­self”.

He walked out, poured petrol around his feet and legs and set fire to him­self.

He was rushed to hospi­tal and later charged with ar­son, to which he pleaded guilty.

The judge at Guild­ford Crown Court or­dered Lankston, of Ad­dle­stone, Sur­rey, be placed un­der su­per­vi­sion for two years.

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