Arson teen confessed to the police

A TEENAGER who tried to set fire to a neighbour’s front door has been sentenced.

Calderdale Magistrates Court heard how Shay Coleman, 18, confessed to police after they were called to his home.

Coleman, of Cricketers Fold, Halifax, had moved out of his parent’s house to live in a flat on his own earlier this year.

The court heard he had been having a cigarette when he tried to set fire to his neighbour’s front door using a lighter.

Mohammed Farooq, defending, said that Coleman had a moment of realistion and stopped what he was doing immediately before the door caught light.

Police arrived later after a call about a disturbance and spoke to Coleman.

They were about to leave when he confessed about trying to set fire to the door.

Mr Farooq said Coleman had a drink problem and had become depressed.

Coleman pleaded guilty to a charge of arson and was sentenced to 200 hours community service.

He will also pay £150 compensation and £85 costs.