Grimsby man sentenced after trying to set fire to himself at petrol pump

06/04/2017

Vilmantas Zuikis has today been sentenced to 16 months in prison after attempting to set fire to himself at a petrol station on Cleethorpes Rd, Grimsby. Brandishing the petrol hose in one hand and a cigarette lighter in the other, he attempted to ignite the fuel, but was prevented from doing so by quick-thinking staff at the garage.

When asked to explain his actions, he replied that he was 'struggling to cope with life.

Jeremy Evans, Crown Advocate CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:"It need hardly be said that this was a supremely stupid action whose consequences could have been catastrophic. Thanks to the quick thinking of the forecourt staff, who immediately de-activated the pump when they  saw what was happening, a far more serious incident was averted.