Guilty plea over St Albans school blaze

PUBLISHED: 16:45 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:07 06 May 2010

A TEENAGER has pleaded guilty to starting a major blaze at a local school earlier this year. The 16-year-old from St Albans, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Crown Court this afternoon (Wednesday). He admitted setting fire to a chair in

A TEENAGER has pleaded guilty to starting a major blaze at a local school earlier this year.

The 16-year-old from St Albans, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Crown Court this afternoon (Wednesday).

He admitted setting fire to a chair in the main building of Verulam School, in Brampton Road, St Albans, on February 24 using paper and accelerant.

The flames engulfed neighbouring classrooms and spread along the roof of the building, causing substantial damage.

The teenager will be sentenced at a later date for arson with intent to damage property and endanger lives.

Judge Marie Catterson warned him that he could face a custodial sentence.

The defendant remains on strict bail conditions until his next hearing which include a curfew and a ban from the near vicinity of Verulam School.


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