Raftery, of Poole Lane in Bournemouth but previously from the Isle of Wight, appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court today (Monday) charged with arson.
As previously reported by Island Echo, the blaze on 1st August last year consumed around 800 haybales and saw firefighters from the mainland drafted in to provide cover across the Island.
The court heard how the teenager set 2 fires on land off Gatehouse Road, but one of the fires was extinguished by a second teenager, a 16-year-old – who cannot be named for legal reasons. That act has seen the 16-year-old cleared of any wrongdoing by Judge Hetherington. The second fire was not extinguished and it soon ripped through 3 barns.
Having admitted arson, Raftery will now appear before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 26th March for sentencing.