Jack, age 11, was with a group of friends on the night in question and all were involved in the incident in some form, but Jack actually lit the fire.
An arrest was made very early as Jack’s friends gave information to the Police, apportioning all the blame to Jack. No other member of the group was arrested or charged with any offence. Jack was arrested, charged and convicted or arson – reckless as to whether life was endangered and given a 9 month referral order.
As a result Jack and his family have had to move home and school on 3 occasions.