Trial begins for man accused of arson in house fire

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Kevin Charles Roberts — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

The trial for a St. John's man charged with intentionally starting a fire at a Blackmarsh Road house got underway this morning in Newfoundland Supreme Court.

Kevin Charles Roberts, 29, is charged with arson, breaching a recognizance and breaching probation by failing to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

Two RNC officers are expected to take the stand first, followed by two women who saw the fire on the night of June 5, 2011, as they walked by and reported it to police.

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Ivany plans to call more than 30 witnesses it total. Mark Gruchy is representing Roberts.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.  

The fire broke out 32 Blackmarsh Rd., where Roberts was living at the time.

The house was extensively damaged, but the sole female occupant of the two-apartment home escaped unharmed.

RNC fire investigators determined the fire was suspicious.

Organizations: Blackmarsh Road house

Geographic location: St. John's

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