The Victorian police have laid charges over a
fire that killed a man and destroyed 11 homes deliberately lit bushfire. But do the maths on the accused:
A teenage boy and his mother have been charged with arson after a fire in Gippsland, south-east of Melbourne.
The 29-year-old woman and her 15-year-old son also were charged with reckless conduct endangering life, allowing a fire to remain alight on a day of total fire ban and impeding an investigation.
There was something to be said for the old system in which such boys were put out for adoption, rather than following this all-too-predictable path to the criminal justice system, via educational failure.