HAROLD COX PLACE ARSON COURT CASE: Sentencing of Rugby teenager is delayed after court sends him to psychiatric hospital

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THE sentencing of a teenager who pleaded guilty to an arson charge relating to a fire at Harold Cox Place in Rugby has been delayed 11 weeks.

Following a six week trial earlier this year the 17 year old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

He was set to be sentenced today (Friday) at Birmingham Crown Court but instead will be sent to a psychiatric hospital for a mental health assessment before being sentenced on July 29.

The guilty plea related to a fire at Harold Cox Place on March 1 last year that broke out in the vicinity of a mobility scooter parked next to the building.

No one was injured during the blaze.

The 17 year old was arrested in March 2010 after Kath and Albert Adams, both aged 77, died following a fire in Harold Cox Place in Rugby on February 27.

After originally facing manslaughter charges in relation to this fire, those charges will now lie on file.

The teenager will just be sentenced for the second fire on July 29.

For the full story see Thursday’s paper.