Youth jailed for burning tramp

Contributed by editor on Feb 05, 2005 - 12:01 AM


A 17 year old youth from Dover, has been sent to a young offenders' institute for three years and four months after setting fire to a tramp's bedding as he slept.

Judge Adele Williams at Canterbury Crown Court jailed the teenager for arson with intent to endanger life.

CCTV operators had witnessed him light the tramp's sleeping bag in a seafront shelter, in Dover, in October 2004.

The vagrant, who had been sleeping rough in the town, put the fire out and was not hurt.

The youth pleaded guilty to the crime in December 2004 and admitted being drunk and under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident.