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Pictured: Lahrne Dobbs is being led to Cardioff Crown Court, Wales, UK.<br />
Re: Lahrne Dobbs, who was tackled by a till worker after trying to almost blew up a petrol station has been ordered to an indefinite hospital stay by Cardiff Crown, Court, Wales, UK.<br />
On April 15 2021 and at 4.26am, Dobbs, of Caldicot, approached the BP garage in Caldicot Road in the Rogiet area and demanded cigarettes, the court heard.<br />
The petrol station was only operating through a night pay window at the time and Pana Paul who was alone in the shop, agreed to sell the cigarettes to Dobbs to calm him down. But Dobbs wanted to enter the shop and wouldn’t listen to Mr Paul’s instructions.<br />
The court heard how there was a “disagreement” in how Dobbs would pay for the cigarettes.<br />
The court was told how Dobbs, 32 and a father of four, “refused to place money on the counter” at the pay window before he then became angry.<br />
In a desperate attempt to appease Dobbs Mr Paul gave the defendant one of his own cigarettes and the court heard how the situation briefly calmed.<br />
But then Dobbs picked up an advertisement sign and placed it in the centre of the main road causing a significant danger to motorists.<br />
“Mr Paul then used the Tannoy system to instruct Mr Dobbs to return the sign,” Mr Williams said.<br />
“He then returned to the night pay window and said if he was not provided with cigarettes he would blow up the petrol station.<br />
“He picked up a petrol pump and told Mr Paul: ‘If you do not open this door I will set it on fire’.”<br />
While Mr Paul was calling the police Dobbs began pumping the fuel onto the forecourt and lit the fuel with a lighter. He then poured the fuel onto his clothes.<br />
Mr Paul saw what was happening and “left the security of the pay window” to tackle Dobbs. Footage played in court showed Mr Paul bravely taking the pump from Dobbs and pushing him away from the filling station.<br />
Mr Williams told the court that Mr Paul also “patted out” flames during the harrowing inc
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Pictured: Lahrne Dobbs is being led to Cardioff Crown Court, Wales, UK.
Re: Lahrne Dobbs, who was tackled by a till worker after trying to almost blew up a petrol station has been ordered to an indefinite hospital stay by Cardiff Crown, Court, Wales, UK.
On April 15 2021 and at 4.26am, Dobbs, of Caldicot, approached the BP garage in Caldicot Road in the Rogiet area and demanded cigarettes, the court heard.
The petrol station was only operating through a night pay window at...
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