July 17 trial for man accused of lighting house ablaze

June 25, 2019

A St James man who reportedly set fire to another man's house last December will stand trial in the St James Parish Court on July 17, following his latest court appearance on Wednesday, June 19.

Carl Hackett is before the court on the charge of malicious destruction of property.

During Hackett's brief court appearance before Judge Kacia Grant on Wednesday, the court was told that the prosecution's case file was ready for the matter to proceed to trial.

Grant subsequently set July 17 as the trial date, and extended Hackett's bail to that date.

Allegations are that on December 25, 2018, the complainant received a phone call that his house was on fire. He subsequently headed home, and on his arrival he saw that a section of the house was ablaze.

$60,000 in damage

The complainant managed to put out the fire, which had caused damage estimated at $60,000. He then made a report, and subsequent investigations revealed that Hackett was responsible for starting the fire.

Hackett was later taken into custody, but he reportedly denied deliberately setting the fire, as he claimed to have been burning garbage and was not aware that the fire had affected the complainant's house. He was subsequently arrested and charged.

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