A MAN died after setting himself on fire following a dispute in a dental surgery.
Anthony John Chase, 66, died in hospital on January 29 after suffering extensive burns following the incident at Little London Dental Practice in Chichester two days earlier.
An inquest in Chichester heard Mr Chase, of Grove Road, Chichester, had paranoid schizophrenia.
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. He did not say anything about his dentist. I do not think he intended to kill himself. That is my opinion. I think he was trying to make a point.’
The inquest was told Mr Chase was seen having a row with the receptionist at about 3.20pm.
An eyewitness recalled that Mr Chase said ‘in the event of a fire please evacuate the building’ moments before he set himself alight.
Coroner Martin Milward returned 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.’