4 young men throw stones at school windows and set it on fire

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By: Feng Qian 

Four young men were arrested, charged and convicted of serious crimes after throwing stones at school windows and then setting it on fire, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the four young men, who started the fire at the Luton school and caused 200,000 pounds ($307,113) worth of damage, were sentenced at the St. Albans Crown Court.

As a result of the fire, a classroom was destroyed, other classrooms and hallways suffered smoke damage and cherished work belonging to students was lost in the flames.

The incident unfolded at the Downside Primary School on Chaul End Road.

20-year-old Ahasaan Khan of Humberstone Road, Luton, and Mohammed Iqbal, 18, also of Humberstone Road, along with a 17-year-old boy had been found guilty of arson.

A second 17-year-old boy had been cleared of arson, but convicted of burglary with intent to cause damage.

At the trial, the jury heard how all four young men had gone into the school’s premises during the day. The school was empty of students and staff.

Three of the group got onto a roof and began hurling stones at windows, breaking them. The jury heard that a fire had been started in one of the classrooms after books and paper were piled up.

The men used matches and a lighter to ignite the blaze. The flames quickly spread out of control, resulting in massive damage.

The court was told about the emotional impact on the children coming back to school and seeing their work destroyed. Khan was sent into a young offenders' institute for 20 months.

Mohammed Iqbal received 18 months custody in a young offenders' institute.

The 17-year-old found guilty of arson was given a 12 month detention and training order and the 17-year-old convicted of burglary with intent to cause damage was given a youth rehabilitation order to run for six months.

He will also be the subject of a home curfew for the next three months between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.