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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Arsonist jailed for sister death
Kylie Scott (Picture courtesy of Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph)
Kylie Scott died in hospital after being rescued from the house
A teenager who started a fire at his home that killed his 16-year-old sister has been jailed for eight years.

Daniel Scott, 18, had earlier pleaded guilty to arson and manslaughter after the fire at the house in Claxby Road, Scunthorpe, on 17 July 2005.

His sister, Kylie, was rescued from an upstairs bedroom after calling the emergency services, but later died.

At Hull Crown Court, Judge Michael Mettyear said the transcript of her 999 call had been "horrendous to read".

Scott's parents and another family member escaped from the fire with minor injuries.

The badly-damaged house
Kylie Scott was trapped upstairs in the house when she dialled 999

The court heard how Scott, who was 17 at the time of the blaze, gave several explanations for starting the fire, including trying to obtain insurance money for his father to buy new furniture and that he heard voices.

But when the family were re-housed following Kylie's death, he started another fire with the aim of killing himself.

"How you could have done that knowing what happened to your sister is beyond me," said Mr Mettyear.

He added although he was aware of problems in Scott's life there were no psychiatric issues that could explain his behaviour.

"Your mother and father have lost a daughter but they have also lost you as well," he said.

Daniel Scott's mother said he was a "good lad"

Before her son was sentenced, Sally Scott said he was a "good lad" who worked hard and had never been in trouble before.

"We just want to remember what he was like before this happened," she said.

Scott was ordered to spend eight years in a young offenders' institution.

After the hearing, Det Supt Andrew Collins of Humberside Police said the case was one of the worst of its kind and had torn the Scott family apart.

"There are no winners or losers in this investigation," he said.

"I don't think anyone will ever fully understand why Daniel started the fire that killed his sister but I am sure it is something neither he nor his family will ever be able to forget."

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