A suicidal racist sprayed his apartment with gasoline with the intention of setting it on fire.
Garry Smith was dragged out of the downstairs apartment before he could set it on fire and endanger the other residents of the block.
And he ranted at the police: âI am a racist and I am proud. I hate black people. Black b *******, P *** b *******. ”
He then accused the officers of “protecting P ***”.
Smith has admitted to guilty and recklessly smashing windows and pouring gasoline with the intention of setting them on fire to the danger of other residents of a street in Arbroath on May 18 of last year.
He admitted to making offensive and abusive comments the next day.
Prosecutor Gavin Burton told Dundee Sheriff Court that one of Smith’s friends visited his home after receiving no response on FaceTime.
When they arrived, they could hear the sound of glass breaking from the back of the apartment as he approached.
Mr Burton said: âSome of the windows were smashed. They discovered the accused in the kitchen trying to turn on the stove. The accused picked up a glass bottle and smashed it.
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âHe went into the garden, picked up the clothesline pole and threw it through a window.
âThe accused refused to calm down and held up a can of gasoline. He poured gasoline in the hallway and living room.
The friend grabbed him and called the police and fire department.
Several units have been dispatched.
Mr Burton added: “The accused openly stated that he intended to set the apartment on fire to kill himself inside.”
Firefighters’ checks confirmed that gasoline had been spilled and the prosecutor said the effects could have been “catastrophic”.
Sheriff Paul Brown granted Smith, 56, bail and the sentence was deferred to prepare social work reports.
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