Coventry & Warwickshire

Rugby mobility scooter fire youth given hospital order

Albert and Kath Adams
Image caption The couple died from the effects of breathing in smoke after a fire at their home on 27 February

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.

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