Man set himself on fire after ‘row’ in Chichester dentist

Edes House
Edes House

A MAN who died after setting himself on fire in Little London Dentist Surgery was ‘disturbed’, an inquest heard today (June 10).

Anthony John Chase, 66, of Grove Road, Chichester, died in Queen Victoria Hospital on January 29, as a result of extensive burns.

An inquest into his death was held at Edes House in Chichester this morning.

It heard how Mr Chase, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2000, set himself on fire in the dentist surgery after a dispute on January 27.

His sister, Jacqueline Denman, from Selsey, said: “He had become obsessed with the gas board, electricity company, the water company. He was simply in dispute with everybody at the time.”

The coroner heard how at 3.20pm on January 27, Mr Chase was seen having a dispute with the receptionist at the dental surgery.

She then called her manager who asked Mr Chase if he wanted to discuss things in another room. When he refused he was asked to leave.

It was then that Mr Chase poured liquid on himself and set himself alight.

He was then taken to St Richard’s Hospital and referred to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead where he died two days later.

Coroner Martin Milward recorded a narrative verdict and said: “My belief, from the evidence, is that Mr Chase died from extensive burn injuries sustained by his own deliberate actions whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed.”

For a full report see Thursday’s Chichester Observer (June 12).