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January 16, 2014
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Man with second charge remanded

A man who attempted to burn down his mother's house by setting fire to a bed and clothing in his own bedroom, was remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court recently.

He is 19-year-old Richard Foster of Riverton Meadows, Kingston 11.

It is alleged that on the day of the incident, Foster and his mother, Valerie Daley, got into a dispute when the accused threatened to burn the house down. Daley retreated to her own bedroom.

Some time later, she was alerted to the smell of smoke coming from her son's bedroom and went to investigate.

engulfed in flames

When she entered the room, she saw Foster's bed, along with clothing, engulfed in flames. Foster was then seen running from the house. She managed to extinguish the fire with water.

After consulting with his mother about his conduct, Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey ordered the accused to stay overnight in jail.

"Him don't have no behaviour!" said Daley.

Foster, who was visibly agitated and next to tears said: "She nuh want me use no water, nothing. She have some serious problem; she just want mi dead."

Foster was previously charged with attempted arson and given bail with surety in the sum of $80,000.

The accused was ordered to return to court on January 24 for sentencing.

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