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Teen set fire to house she didn’t like living in

A TEENAGER set fire to her aunt's house in Forest Hill because she didn't like living there.

The 16-year-old girl - who cannot be named for legal reasons - set two curtains inside the house alight, which caused extensive damage to the property.

She pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to one count of arson.

Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand said no one else had been inside the house when the girl started the fire on January 30, 2014.

The girl alerted some nearby construction workers to the fire, who then reported the blaze to fire crews.

Mr Le Grand said the girl had been living at the house with her aunt.

He said the girl lit the fire because she had become angry with her aunt and didn't like living at the house.

Mr Le Grand said the house, which had not been owned by the aunt, was destroyed as a result of the fire. The girl's aunt was later paid $74,000 in contents insurance.

About seven months later, the teenager was caught setting fire to clothing inside Target and K-Mart stores in Morayfield.

Mr Le Grand said the two fires were lit during business hours, with lots of customers around, on August 17, 2014.

The fires were discovered and put out before doing much damage.

As a consequence the teen also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted arson.

Mr Le Grand said the girl had been in custody for 374 before she was brought into court for sentencing.

He said the girl had "severe" intellectual difficulties but that she had been aware of the danger when she lit each fire.

A psychological report said the girl had a number of mental health issues such as impulse control problems.

The psychologist stated it was difficult to follow the girl's logic for starting the fires. The girl was sentenced to 318 in days in prison and released on parole. She was also put on youth probation for two years.

Topics:  arson, editors picks, ipswich district court, teenager




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