A hungry woman who set fire to her father’s bedroom after becoming enraged at the lack of food in their home has avoided jail.
Farha Bushra, 20, was living in the village of Willingham, Cambridgeshire with her dad when she called him at work complaining that there wasn’t enough food in the house.
She demanded that he go shopping, but he insisted she would have to buy her own food and, in a rage, Bushra told him she would start a fire at the house, Cambridgeshire Live reported.
A few minutes later she phoned him back to say the blaze was "out of control" after using a tissue and a cardboard box to start the fire.
Fire crews put the blaze out, but not before it had spread to other areas of the property and caused significant damage.
Speaking to firefighters at the scene on April 28, Bushra admitted starting the fire by burning a tissue inside a cardboard box.
When interviewed by police, Bushra, now living in Birmingham, again accepted responsibility for starting the fire and went on to admit a charge of arson.
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She was given an 18-month community order yesterday at Cambridge Crown Court, where she was also ordered to complete 40 days of rehabilitation activity and given a £1,000 fine.
PC Antony Piccinelli said: “Bushra’s behaviour that day was completely inexplicable.
"Only she will know why she thought setting fire to her father’s bedroom was a good idea or an acceptable reaction to an argument over food shopping.”
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