The man accused of starting a fire at a Salvation Army thrift store in St. John’s made a brief appearance Friday morning in St. John’s provincial court by video link.
Justin Murphy, 27, is charged with arson and failure to comply with a probation
order in relation to the July 4 incident,
which was captured on video by a security camera.
Duty counsel lawyer Tim O’Brien said Murphy’s case was recently transferred to a new lawyer. Judge Lois Skanes agreed to set over the matter until Oct. 4 for election.
Murphy gave his consent to be remanded in custody. In a previous court appearance in August, Murphy was reportedly anxious to be released given he could not access medication inside Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.
The Waterford Hospital’s Dr. Nizar Ladha determined Murphy was fit to stand trial, but said he should continue to receive his medication.
Murphy was sentenced to nine months in jail in 2011 for dangerous driving, theft, and break and enter. The judge in that matter noted sentencing Murphy was a difficult task given he has a diagnosed developmental disorder.