UPDATE: Accused in thrift store fire sent for psychiatric assessment

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A man charged with setting fire to the Salvation Army thrift store in St. John's last week appeared in provincial court this morning and has been sent for a psychiatric assessment.

Justin Murphy, 27, faces charges of arson and breaching probation.

His lawyers recommended a psychatric assessment during his brief court appearance. Murphy is due back in court this afternoon.

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(Earlier story)

The man charged with setting fire to a St. John's thrift store is expected to appear in provincial court this morning.

Justin Murphy, 27, faces charges of arson and breaching probation.

Police say he set fire to The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Kenmount Road on Wednesday last week. Police released video from the incident.

Murphy is familiar to police. In July of last year, he was sentenced to nine months in prison for stealing a cab, driving it dangerously on Signal Hill, where he almost hit a RNC officer and rolled the car.

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(Previous story)

Police have arrested a 27-year-old man in connection to a fire at a St. John’s thrift store.

According to a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary news release issued late Monday afternoon, the St. John’s resident was arrested without incident that same day. He has been charged with damaging property through the act of arson.

The fire happened late Wednesday night at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Kenmount Road. Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight. The RNC said the building sustained moderate damage.

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Police released a video late last week that showed an individual hanging around a rear entrance to the building. The person on camera appeared to light an object to start the fire.

There were no reports of injuries at the time of the incident.

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This story has been edited from an earlier version to correct an inaccurate detail.

 

Organizations: Salvation Army Thrift Store

Geographic location: Kenmount Road

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  • James Murphy
    August 18, 2013 - 20:55

    I no this person who is accused this young-fellow has a mental illness. Yes it's not right what he did but prison is not the place for him cause he will not get the proper help that he needs... Hopefully the justice system won't wrong him and put him in a institution where he can get the help he needs for a long period of time..

  • Babs
    July 09, 2013 - 14:02

    I'm certain the R.N.C. have enough evidence for this man to be charged for this crime and thank God no one was injured or worse. Posting his picture for the public to see may bring witnesses forward as there may be someone out there who saw this man at the Salvation Army Thrift Store just before the fire started and who can verify he was on that property at that time. If there is anyone who does have information they might now come forward because of this picture, so I think it's the right thing to do.

  • Babs
    July 09, 2013 - 13:48

    I'm certain the R.N.C. have enough evidence for this man to be charged for this crime and thank God no one was injured or worse. Posting his picture for the public to see may bring witnesses forward as there may be someone out there who saw this man at the Salvation Army Thrift Store just before the fire started and who can verify he was on that property at that time. If there is anyone who does have information they might now come forward because of this picture, so I think it's the right thing to do.

  • Kevin
    July 09, 2013 - 09:01

    Chantal, People will go by the facts already known. He was arrested without incident, so, obviously, he didn't protest. There is only one more post, other than your post, so you are naturally attacking that person. The fire doesn't seem like an accident to me.

    • Chatal
      July 09, 2013 - 11:25

      My point is: what's the use of publishing an accused person's picture? What do you hope to gain from it? Does the fact that he was arrested without protest proof of guilt? The "facts already known," have changed since the origional story.

  • Leah
    July 09, 2013 - 05:54

    Why wasn't this person's name released, and even his picture? Of all places to try to destroy, the Salvation Army Thrift Store, who are running that place to obtain funds for all the good they do for society all year round. This man may be one of the people receiving the blessing of a Christmas hamper, or any kind of help, from the S.A. some day.

    • Chantal
      July 09, 2013 - 08:02

      Getting out the ol' pitch fork and torch mob, I see. Time for a good ol' fashoned lynchin'. Maybe wait until after the verdict.