Man found not guilty of arson in Blackmarsh Road fire

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Kevin Charles Roberts speak to his lawyer Mark Gruchy in this Telegram file photo.

Kevin Charles Roberts was found not guilty of arson and court breaches today at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s in connection with a fire at a two-apartment house on Blackmarsh Road in the city in June 2011.

Justice James Adams had concluded fire investigators did not follow proper guidelines in determining the cause of the fire.

Witnesses' memories were also inconsistent, Adams said.

Roberts, 30, is presently in custody and will remain inside until late next month. He is serving a jail term for driving-related offences from last year.

Roberts had been accused of intentionally starting the fire  June 5, 2011, that destroyed the house at 32 Blackmarsh Rd. in which he had lived with his girlfriend.

More coverage in Friday’s full edition of The Telegram.

Organizations: Newfoundland Supreme Court

Geographic location: Blackmarsh Road

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  • Judy
    January 25, 2013 - 07:43

    Bogus, don't be so idiotic. If everytime someone didn't like something, and therefore moved.......be realistic. People are just stating their opinions.

  • Bogus
    January 24, 2013 - 17:34

    Yes this is how the system works if you don't like it move.

  • Jerome
    January 24, 2013 - 14:14

    Once again......our wonderful so-called Justice System !!! Absolutely hilarious; what a laughable joke for our criminals.

  • SD
    January 24, 2013 - 11:45

    "Justice James Adams had concluded fire investigators did not follow proper guidelines in determining the cause of the fire." So Adams knows more than the investigators ????? WOW !!!!!