Man caught with petrol bottle in city centre told police: 'I will kill all pikeys'
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Man caught with petrol bottle in city centre told police: ‘I will kill all pikeys’

Drugged-up Shaun Dunn-Sweeny threatened to burn down his flat and kill ‘pikeys’ if the police did not arrest him.

The 52-year-old went to the Smithfield 1 Building in Hanley and told officers he believed he had been poisoned and there was a ‘hit out on his life’.

He threatened to set fire his flat if the officers did not lock him up and added he would get a gun and ‘kill all the pikeys around here’.

He was detained and police found a bottle containing petrol among his possessions.

Now Dunn-Sweeny has been handed a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Thomas Griffiths said the defendant went to the Smithfield 1 Building in Hanley at midnight on April 14.

The Smithfield building in Hanley

Mr Griffiths said: “He believed he had been poisoned and there was a hit out on his life.

“He said, ‘If you do not lock me up I will burn down my flat. I will get a gun and kill all the pikeys around here’.

“Police searched him and discovered a Lucozade bottle containing petrol.

“He thanked the police for arresting him and said he now felt safe.”

Dunn-Sweeny, of New Inn Lane, Hanford, pleaded guilty to threatening to damage or destroy property and failing to surrender to bail.

Stephen Hennessy, mitigating, said the defendant has a personality disorder and has had a problem with illicit substances.

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He said: “He suffers significantly with the consequences of psychotic episodes.

“He went to the police and told them something that he knew would lead to his immediate arrest because he needed to feel secure in detention.

“He needs to avail himself of any help and assistance available.”

As part of the suspended sentence, Dunn-Sweeny must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 25 days.

Judge Dean Kershaw told the defendant: “I imagine you are in a very different place than the day you went to see the police officers.

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“You went to the Smithfield Building and explained to the police something that causes me to be of the view you were under the influence of a psychoactive substance. You went in and tried to explain you needed some help.

“You were trying to say something so serious it would warrant your immediate detention so you could get some help. It was a very serious thing you were threatening to do.

“You are an example of the scourge that the drug, sometimes referred to a monkey dust, is having on society. It is an extremely dangerous drug. It is causing real havoc. It has caused havoc on your life.

“The correct approach is to see is to see if the court can offer you something to address this offending.”

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