Suicide-bid Abertillery man jailed for arson

A MAN who tried to kill himself by setting his house alight, endangering the lives of his neighbours, has been jailed.

Mathew Hayman, 27, set fire to his bathroom and turned on the gas cooker on the day he broke up with his girlfriend, Cerys Yemm, Newport Crown Court heard.

Judge Philip Richards said it was “pure chance” there was not a huge explosion in his street on the night of the incident.

The fire, in Princess Street, Abertillery, could have injured neighbours including Bartosz Rubik, who lived next door, the court heard.

Jailing him for three and a half years, Judge Richards told him: “I have to sentence you for a crime that the law regards as very serious indeed, namely an act of arson being reckless as to whether the lives of others are in danger.

“I impose this sentence with a heavy heart.

“I appreciate this is going to cause a great deal of sadness to your family and to your girlfriend.”

Hayman admitted starting a fire in his bathroom and having tried to gas himself with the cooker on October 20 last year, the court heard.

He told his father and police officers it had been his intention to end his life.

Matthew Thomas, for the defence, said it was clear his client had “hit rock bottom”.

Hayman pleaded guilty to one count of arson.

Judge Richards imposed a further four-month custodial sentence for breaching a community order that was handed to Hayman for having assaulted his girlfriend and another man in a separate incident in December 2012.

Hayman will have to serve half his overall sentence of three years and ten months before he can be released from prison.

Judge Richards also ordered that Hayman pays a statutory £120 surcharge, which will have to be settled within 12 months of his release.

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4:33pm Fri 31 Jan 14

cerysyemm xx says...

this article is absolute rubbish !! my partnner mathew did not try and end his life due to us separating, we was very much together, it was because he has suffered with metal illness for many years from a young age, and was let dwn severely by the system, as he has never had help after numerous suicide attempts, and was told by health proffessionals to begin drinking and he was just a bad person , which he is not in any way shape or form, also he did not try and gas himself at all that was never the aim at all, and the was absolutely no chance of an explosing in any way as gas only had 20p on it n fire did not amount to anything, and all it done was cause plastic to melt in bathroom, the bulb did noyt evan smash , there was around 3-400 pounds worth of damage at most! i and no one was in danger at allwas never ever assulted by my partner that is lies ! i was checked for marks and there was nothing! this is an absolute joke ! newspapers should get their facts right, portraying him in a horrible way, when all he done was try and end his life, if he had slit his wrists or overdosed he wouldnt be in prison now, i have lost all faith in justice system as there is none!
this article is absolute rubbish !! my partnner mathew did not try and end his life due to us separating, we was very much together, it was because he has suffered with metal illness for many years from a young age, and was let dwn severely by the system, as he has never had help after numerous suicide attempts, and was told by health proffessionals to begin drinking and he was just a bad person , which he is not in any way shape or form, also he did not try and gas himself at all that was never the aim at all, and the was absolutely no chance of an explosing in any way as gas only had 20p on it n fire did not amount to anything, and all it done was cause plastic to melt in bathroom, the bulb did noyt evan smash , there was around 3-400 pounds worth of damage at most! i and no one was in danger at allwas never ever assulted by my partner that is lies ! i was checked for marks and there was nothing! this is an absolute joke ! newspapers should get their facts right, portraying him in a horrible way, when all he done was try and end his life, if he had slit his wrists or overdosed he wouldnt be in prison now, i have lost all faith in justice system as there is none! cerysyemm xx
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