A man who started a blaze which caused nearly £6,000 of damage to a block of flats while trying to light a cigarette has been jailed.
Matthew Harris, 31, used a leaflet to help ignite his cigarette before discarding it, setting fire to the landing area of a block of flats at 75 Urquhart Road on June 23 at around 3pm.
Fiscal depute Colin Neilson said building insurers had carried out an assessment of the damage and valued the repair costs at £5,750.
Harris pled guilty at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to culpably and recklessly setting fire to the communal landing, which took effect and destroyed a wall, ceiling and stairwell.
Defence agent John-Paul Gallacher said his client had been drinking and taking drugs and was looking for his friends.
He said: “He doesn’t shy away from his actions and accepts full responsibility.”
Mr Gallacher added his client had suffered from mental health problems in the past and was on medication currently.
Sheriff William Summers told Harris, a prisoner of HMP Grampian: “Your actions were extraordinarily dangerous.
“They brought about possible risk to life quite apart from the damage to the property.”
He sentenced him to 20 months behind bars, plus 190 days from the unexpired portion of a previous sentence.