Psychiatric assessment extended for arson suspect

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Justin Murphy is accused of starting a fire at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Kenmount Road

Firefighters from four stations of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department were called to fight a structure fire at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Kenmount Road earlier this month. — File photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

A provincial court judged has accepted a request from a physician to extend the psychiatric evaluation of a man accused of starting a fire earlier this month at a St. John’s thrift store.

Justin Murphy, 27, made a brief appearance in St. John’s provincial court Tuesday morning.

During Murphy’s appearance, Judge Gregory Brown acknowledged a letter submitted by a physician from the Waterford hospital requesting more time to evaluate the accused.

Murphy was arrested July 8 and charged with arson and breaching probation for allegedly starting a fire at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Kenmount Road.

Police released a video of the incident a few days after the fire occurred.

It included images of a person wearing a hoodie in the area behind the store and eventually displayed multiple fires burning.

The building reportedly sustained moderate damage.

Murphy is due back in court on July 23.

He was sentenced last year to nine months in jail for a variety of charges that included theft, break and enter, and dangerous driving.

During Murphy’s sentencing hearing last year, Judge Robert Hyslop described his decision as a difficult one given Murphy is intellectually challenged and has been diagnosed with a developmental disorder.

 

arobinson@thetelegram.com

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Organizations: Salvation Army, Thrift Store, Waterford hospital

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