A man produced a concealed lighter and set fire to a ‘special risk blanket’ in a police cell.
Wesley McLucas (23), with addresses listed as Bushmills and Garvagh, committed the arson at Coleraine PSNI Station on May 30 this year.
A prosecutor said a smoke alarm was activated and it emerged the fire was started with a yellow disposable lighter which had been concealed.
On June 1 this year McLucas took off a wet tee-shirt in the changing room at The White House store in Portrush and stole items of clothing worth £44.97.
At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday August 13, defence barrister Francis Rafferty asked for the sentence to be deferred for six months to give McLucas time to “prove his mettle with the relevant authorities”.
Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers adjourned sentencing until next February.
She said the defendant was in breach of two suspended sentences.
She said agencies were attempting to help McLucas with “mental health difficulties” and it was important that the court saw he was making real efforts to “get your life back on the straight and narrow”.