WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg teenager has been sentenced to two years probation for setting a dangerous and costly fire at the former home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The fire at a storage shed at Canad Inns Stadium in April 2013 caused about $300,000 in damage.
Defence lawyer Darren Sawchuk says the 17-year-old accused was among a group of young people who broke into the shed and while horsing around, kicked over a can of gasoline.
Sawchuk says the others encouraged the accused to light a fire and he succumbed to the peer pressure.
The boy suffered burns to his face but there were no other injuries.
Court was told the boy is “low-functioning” and has long suffered with mental health issues and severe anxiety that resulted in him leaving school in Grade 7.
[Winnipeg Free Press]