An 18-year-old who had sex with an older man has been jailed after leaving on the gas taps in his lover’s home.

George Harding, of no fixed address, slept with 47-year-old Brian Monan after meeting on a gay internet site, the News & Star reports.

But as he left Monan’s home, he turned on six gas taps.

Harding later returned to the property, in Workington, Cumbria, to stab Monan. The older man avoided injury because he was wearing a thick dressing gown.

Harding phoned police to falsely claim that Monan raped him and that he had tried to kill him.

He pleaded guilty to attempted wounding with the intent to do grievous bodily harm. He also pleaded guilty to administer the gas with intent to do serious harm.