BREAKING NEWS: Verdict given on Harold Cox Place arson case

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A TEENAGER from Rugby has been sentenced to a hospital order for his involvement in an arson at Harold Cox Place which killed an elderly couple.

The 17 year old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to a hospital order at Birmingham Crown Court today (Friday).

The sentence relates to his involvement in an arson offence that occurred at Harold Cox Place, Rugby in the early hours of Monday, March 1, to which he pleaded guilty in February 2011 to arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

The teenager will be detained in secure accommodation until deemed by medical professionals that he is safe to be released.

Albert and Kathleen Adams died during the fire.

Two counts of manslaughter on Albert and Kathleen Adams, who died from smoke inhalation following the first fire that occurred in the early hours of Saturday 27 February 2010, will lie on file. This means that these charges cannot be proceeded with without the leave of the Court of Appeal.

During the trial at Birmingham Crown Court earlier this year manslaughter charges in relation to the deaths of Mr and Mrs Adams were not pursued by the prosecution following consultation with both the Crown Prosecution Service and Mr and Mrs Adams’ family.

Albert and Kathleen’s family said they were very disappointed with the outcome of the trial, adding that they felt the justice system had let them down.

DCI James Essex of the Major Investigation Unit said: “I regret that Mr and Mrs Adams’ family have not seen justice done for their loved ones.”