Babonneau man accused of setting girlfriend’s house on fire

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Babonneau man accused of setting girlfriend’s house on fire

A Babonneau man who is accused of setting fire to his girlfriend’s house after an altercation between the two will stand trial for arson.

According to court records, on July 23, 2012, Kavin Jorney of Fond Assau, Babonneau was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend Marcia Wilson of the same area.  The two lived together in Wilson’s home and have one child together.

During the altercation Wilson alleged that she was hit several times in the presence of two witnesses.  The two were separated and Wilson took her son and proceeded to a neighbour’s house where she enlisted the assistance of the two witnesses who were still on the scene. Wilson then stayed in the vicinity of her neighbour’s house.

The court heard that after a while Wilson smelled smoke coming from the direction of her house.  She called the fire department and made a report.  The fire department came and proceeded to deal with the fire.

According to fire officers, the wooden house was completely engulfed in flames by the time they got to the scene.

With proper documentation, Wilson claims well over EC$30,000 in damages, which includes the building loan of $15,000, and furniture, amongst other items.

Jorney reportedly admitted to hitting Wilson on the day in question. He also admitted to setting a sponge on fire, but claimed to have put it out.

Having failed to meet previously set bail conditions of EC $3,000, Jorney requested and was granted an amendment which requires him to pay EC$1,000 in cash. The court also ordered him to reside with his mother during the trial period, surrender all travel documents to the Registrar of the High Court, and sign in weekly at the police station nearest to him.  He is also ordered to stay away from Wilson and any other witnesses in the matter.

In the matter of visitation with his son, Jorney was advised to seek assistance from the Probation Department once he is admitted to bail.

Jorney remains on remand at the Bordelais Correctional Facility until bail conditions are met.

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