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Toowoomba teen takes blame for fire injuries

A teenager has pleaded guilty after he threw accelerant on a fire that left two teenage friends with serious burns.
A teenager has pleaded guilty after he threw accelerant on a fire that left two teenage friends with serious burns. Craig Warhurst

A TOOWOOMBA teenager accused of throwing accelerant on an open fire that left two teenage friends with serious burns has admitted blame for the incident.

The teen, who was just 14 at the time of the incident in August 2013 and as a juvenile cannot be named, pleaded guilty before the Children's Court of Queensland at Toowoomba to committing a negligent act causing harm.

He had initially been charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm but those charges were withdrawn by the Crown after the substituted charge was put before the court.

The charge arises from an incident during a party involving a number of young people at a Harristown residence in August 2013.

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Police claim the boy threw a liquid accelerant on to open flames, causing an explosion, which left Toowoomba teenagers Paris Turkington and Matthew Richards with serious burns injuries.

Both spent considerable time in hospital as a result and are still recovering from their injuries.

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Defence barrister Robbie Davies, for the accused teenager, said a pre-sentence report would have to be compiled before his client could be sentenced.

Judge Paul Smith therefore remanded the teenager on bail and adjourned the case for sentence back in the same court in May.

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