An unemployed man who hadn’t eaten for three days tried to set fire to the job centre – so he could have a meal in police custody.
Bee O’Brien, 49, flew into a rage after a row over his benefits payments and set fire to the customer telephones at Moss Side job centre.
O’Brien had not eaten for three days after his benefits had been stopped.
He told police: “I will commit a crime and get arrested. I need some food.”
Gina Clayton, defending, said: “His benefits had been stopped for some reason and he hadn’t eaten for three days. He was simply desperate for some food. He went to the job centre to get his payments and lost his temper.
“He was aware that if he…
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