In a written ruling, the judge said the Sony distribution warehouse had been destroyed and looted during "the widespread civil disorder and rioting which took place in London and elsewhere", adding:
– Mr Justice Flaux
The youths smashed into the warehouse using a variety of makeshift weapons and ran through the building looting it of a certain amount of the stock held there.
Two of them then threw petrol bombs into the stacking within the warehouse and they all made their escape, some carrying what had been looted, and left the warehouse to burn.
The whole incident took no more than just over three minutes. However the fire took hold and burned for some 10 days, with the total destruction of the plant, equipment and stock.