Rugby mobility scooter fire youth given hospital order
A 17-year-old who started a fire in a sheltered housing complex in Rugby has been given an 11-week hospital order while he awaits sentencing.
The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to starting a mobility scooter fire in Harold Cox Place on 1 March 2010.
No-one was hurt, but he was charged with two counts of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.
A Birmingham Crown Court judge adjourned sentencing until 29 July.
The teenager had previously been cleared of arson for an earlier fire, which resulted in the deaths of a husband and wife from Rugby.
Kathleen Mabel and Albert Adams, both aged 77, died several hours after a mobility scooter fire spread to their home on 27 February 2010.
A trial judge at Birmingham Crown Court ordered jurors in February 2011 to return a not guilty verdict for a charge of arson with intent to endanger life.
He also said an outstanding charge of manslaughter relating to Mr and Mrs Adams' deaths should remain on the file.