The new lawyer for a man accused of starting a fire at a St. John’s thrift store said she needs to meet with her client before his case can proceed further through the court system.
Justin Murphy, 27, is charged with arson and breach of probation in relation to a July 4 incident at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Kenmount Drive.
Karen Rehner told Judge David Orr she was recently transferred to Murphy’s case. Citing a lack of available meeting space at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, Rehner said she has not been able to meet with her new client. Rehner said she hopes to do so this weekend.
Orr agreed to set over the matter until Monday. Murphy appeared in St. John’s provincial court Friday by video link from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary released a video from the scene of the fire showing a person wearing a hoodie. The video later displays several fires in the same area.
Murphy was sentenced to nine months in prison in July 2011 after committing several crimes in St. John’s, including break and enter, theft and dangerous driving.