TWO teenagers have been sent to a detention centre for an arson attack on the home of Huddersfield suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay.
Gerry Simmonds and Matthew Siever, both 17 and from Buckinghamshire, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.
The pair made two attempts, first with diesel and then with petrol, to set fire to Jermaine Lindsay's home in Northern Road, Aylesbury, on July 22 this year.
Sentencing them each to an 18-months' detention and training order, Judge Christopher Tyrer told them the attack was a "piece of puerile vigilantism".
Lindsay, 19, who was brought up in Rawthorpe, blew himself up on a Piccadilly Line train in London on July 7, killing himself and 26 others.
He was one of four bombers who carried out attacks on the capital that day.
The court heard that Simmonds and Siever made their attempts in the early hours on the empty family home, causing the home of the next door neighbour, who has not been named, to be evacuated.
"I don't begin to understand why two 17-year-olds were out and about in the early hours of the morning, still less heavily intoxicated, but you both were," Judge Tyrer told them.
"The fact remains that the greatest risk was to the neighbour.
"The gas box was within a very short distance from where you were trying to set fire to the house and the consequences to her could have been very severe indeed."
Judge Tyrer agreed to lift a order banning the pair's identities from being known to the public.
On a later application by the defence team, he agreed to ban the media from publishing their addresses to protect their families from reprisals.
The judge said Siever and Simmonds set fire to the house in Northern Road on learning that it had been lived in by Jermaine Lindsay.
His heavily-pregnant wife Samantha Lewthwaite had earlier been moved to a secret location following the bombings.
Judge Tyrer said: "As far as it is possible to find some motivation behind your actions, it is perfectly plain that this was some kind of retribution that you two thought fit in respect of a home previously occupied by one of the London bombers.
"This kind of behaviour cannot be tolerated. In a civilised society it is not open to any individual of any age to go around trying to exact revenge for a public event such as the London bombings."
He said despite a lack of previous offending and "obvious remorse" from both youths, custody was his only option.
"Such conduct cannot be and will not be accepted," he said. "That is why custody is the only option open to me in the facts of this case, and despite anything I have read or heard about you."