Man sentenced for setting fire at thrift shop

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A man who set a fire at a popular thrift shop in St. John’s last summer has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail.

Justin Murphy.

Judge Jim Walsh gave Justin Murphy eight months' credit for the time he's already spent in custody, leaving just more than 21 months on his term.

The 27-year-old — who is originally from Dildo — pleaded guilty to charges of arson and failure to comply with a probation order in relation to the fire at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Kenmount Road in the capital city around midnight on July 4, 2013.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had released a video from the scene of the fire showing a man wearing a hoodie rummaging through bags of second-hand items left outside at the back of the store. Shortly after he left, several fires were seen in the area, and the fire department showed up shortly after.

The store sustained moderate damage and was forced to close for a few weeks for repairs.

Murphy — who has been diagnosed with developmental disorders — has been in trouble with the law before.

He was sentenced to nine months in prison in July 2012 after committing several crimes, including break and enter, theft and dangerous driving.

 

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

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