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Kilmarnock man who fell asleep while drunk and almost set fire to his home spared jailFormer vet Paul Sherry narrowly escaped a jail term when he appeared for sentence at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Tuesday.12:30, 18 AUG 2017Kilmarnock Sheriff Court building in St Marnock Street=

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A Kilmarnock man terrified his neighbours by setting fire to his home on “numerous” occasions.

Former vet Paul Sherry narrowly escaped a jail term when he appeared for sentence at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Sherry, 51, of Mure Avenue, previously pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly causing fires at the semi detached house on various occasions between September 2014 and July last year.

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He also admitted breaching an anti social behaviour order prohibiting him from causing fires, as well as placing the family next door in a state of fear and alarm by his threatening behaviour in April this year.

Katy McColl, prosecuting, told the court: “Over the months libelled, I understand there had been numerous incidents relating to various fires with the accused’s property.

“All of these fires were caused by the accused falling asleep while heavily intoxicated and the accused having left cooking appliances on of holding a lit cigarette.”

The situation had led to multi agency interventions with the fire service and social workers visiting Sherry.

“The accused refused to engage with any of the agencies,” said Ms McColl.

On one occasion in January last year, police arrived at 12.15am to find a very drunk Sherry being taken from the house by firefighters.

He was given oxygen by paramedics and taken to Crosshouse Hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire service established that the blaze had been caused by Sherry dropping a lit cigarettes onto rags and a bundle of papers.

The next month police went to Kilmarnock fire station where they were informed that the fire service had had “issues” with Sherry for almost two years.

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Firefighters believed that his behaviour was getting worse and that he was a “severe danger to himself and others”.

Ms McColl said that the ASBO breach took place last November, just weeks after the order was imposed.
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