A woman who changed her name to Ziggy Pop has been detained under a Mental Health Order after a judge heard she started a fire at her home hoping it would “blow up the street.”
Firemen discovered she had set alight to clothes in the bath below a gas boiler in the first floor bathroom of the terraced house in Bayswater Place, Harehills, on the morning of October 20 last year.
Pop told a psychiatrist assessing her later that she did it because she had a sixth sense and knew there were paedophiles living nearby.
Heather Weir, prosecuting, said Pop had attracted attention in the street because she was standing over a pile of items which had been previously melted together by fire.
She had also been seeing mental health workers after previously being diagnosed with manic depression with paranoia but had apparently stopped taking her medication leading to a deterioration in her health.
She was found to have written on the walls in the house and the damage was estimated at £6,000.
Pop, 54, admitted arson being reckless whether life was endangered and was detained under section 37 of the Mental Health Act with an indefinite restriction order under section 41 of the Act.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said prison was not appropriate and that she required treatment for schizophrenia in hospital and a bed was available for her at Waterloo Manor in Garforth, Leeds.
He added: “You will not be released from this order without the authority of either the Secretary of State or the properly constituted tribunal.”
Matthew Harding representing Pop said her guilty plea indicated her expression of remorse.