A 50-year-old Inverness man who set fire to his house after being treated in hospital for an amputated finger was ordered to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work.
Malcolm MacLeod was also placed under social work supervision for two years after he appeared for sentence at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday.
At an earlier hearing, the court was told that MacLeod had severed the digit on a saw at his work and had returned home on June 23 last year after hospital treatment.
The court heard that he doused his home at Smithton Park with diesel.
He then borrowed a lighter from a neighbour and set the kitchen on fire, fiscal depute Roderick Urquhart said.
“The Fire and Rescue Service broke in and found him sitting on a broken mirror.” Mr Urquhart added.
Defence solicitor Marc Dickson said: “He was at a low ebb mentally due to a number of factors as well as suffering a traumatic amputation.”