Arson suspect to undergo further assessment

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Justin Murphy, 27, is escorted from provincial court in St. John's today by a sheriff's officer in this file photo. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

A man accused of starting a fire behind a Salvation Army Thrift Store in St. John's will remain at the Waterford Hospital for further psychiatric assessment at the request of a psychiatrist.

Justin Murphy, 27, made a brief appearance in St. John's provincial court this morning. He will be back in court on July 23.

He was initially sent for a psychiatric assessment during a court appearance on July 9.

Murphy is charged with arson in connection with a fire that started behind the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Kenmount Road shortly after midnight on July 4.

Murphy is also charged with failure to comply with a probation order. He received a nine-month prison sentence last year in relation to several charges, including theft, dangerous driving, and break and enter.

For more on this story, read Wednesday's edition of The Telegram.


Organizations: Salvation Army Thrift Store, Waterford Hospital, The Telegram

Geographic location: St. John's, Kenmount Road

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