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July 3, 2014
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Man on arson charge granted bail
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A man who set fire to a bed in his house following a domestic dispute was granted bail when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Charged with arson is 48-year-old farmer Shawn Tucker of Bloxburgh district, St Andrew.

Allegations are that on June 23 at approximately 6 a.m., Tucker and the complainant, who is his wife, had an argument during which the accused allegedly began removing items of clothing, among other things belonging to the complainant, from their home. It is believed that Tucker then used a cigarette lighter to set fire to a bed inside the one-bedroom board structure, thereby totally destroying the dwelling.

It is believed that when cautioned by officers who were called to the scene, Tucker said: "Offica, mi nuh bun down nuh house, a di woman sister dem bun dung mi house and fling stone after mi."

Subsequently, Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey granted the accused man bail in the sum of $80,000 with surety, ordering him to return to court on July 30. A fingerprint order was also made.

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