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Teen started fire after ’net ban

A SIXTEEN year-old girl set fire to her family’s home after her parents barred her from using Facebook.

A SIXTEEN year-old girl set fire to her family’s home after her parents barred her from using Facebook.

The teenager, from Solihull, was given a three-year youth rehabilitation order after admitting arson and recklessly endangering lives at Warwick Crown Court.

The court heard that the girl, who cannot be named because of her age, caused £30,000 damage after her parents stopped her from using the social networking site following an earlier incident in April 2009 when she set fire to her mum’s dressing gown.

Under the order, the youngster, who has already spent months in custody, must live in a local authority home, undergo supervision for three years and comply with a 7pm to 7am curfew for six months.

Her father said that she had begun to suffer from mental illness when she was 14 and had self-harmed and made attempts on her own life.

“Sometimes she was given to violent outbursts of temper and when, in April last year, her medication was changed her parents were told it could lead to increased aggression,” said prosecutor Andrew Tucker.

He said that the girl’s parents had been told their daughter needed to be set boundaries, so they punished her by withdrawing her access to Facebook.

“She went to her parents’ bedroom and set fire to clothing in a wardrobe which caused a fierce blaze and substantial damage,” said Mr Tucker.

The girl was found distressed and full of remorse nearby hiding under a bush.

 

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