A teenage arsonist who torched two buildings when dared by a friend has avoided jail after a judge said a custodial sentence would harm his mental health.
Because reading stuff like this is driving me mad!
Half of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's entire resources had to be called upon to tackle the two blazes, Liverpool Crown Court was told.
But a judge accepted his ADHD played a key part in the arsons and locking him up would harm his mental health.
Edwards-Meredith was instead handed eight months' detention, suspended for two years, with a 25-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 100 hours of unpaid work.
Ah, ADHD again. It's becoming as ubiquitous as PTSD in these crime reports.
John Weate, defending, said ... Edwards-Meredith was diagnosed with ADHD early in his childhood, which 'leads to impulsivity and leads to acting without thought'.
It must be more contagious than the latest Wuhan Flu varient, it's clearly spread to the judge!