A 17-year-old P.E.I. student was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service in provincial youth court yesterday for setting a classmate’s hair on fire in March.

The accused, a Grade 11 student at Charlottetown Rural High School, had originally been charged with assault with a weapon, but was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser offence of common assault.

The young man’s lawyer said his client insists the incident in which he set fire to a girl’s hair was an accident.

However, the Crown introduced photographs into evidence that they say clearly show it was no accident.

Provincial court judge Nancy Orr said to call the accused’s actions stupid is putting things mildly.

“That was no accident, sir,” Orr said.

“Those pictures prove it was no accident.”