The Public Relations Office of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has confirmed that Peter Merius, of Degazon, Gros-Islet was charged with the offence of arson and damage on Wednesday.
Merius was charged with five counts of damage and one count of arson, in connection with the fire which destroyed several businesses on Tuesday, January 26, in Rodney, Bay, Gros-Islet.
He made an appearance before the First District Court on Thursday where he was granted bail in the sum of EC$ 50,000.00, suitable surety or land document on the charge of arson and EC$5,000.00, suitable surety or land document on each charge of damage.
He was also ordered to surrender travel documents and to report to the Gros-Islet Police Station every Wednesday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., according to a police press statement.
The case was adjourned to March 16, 2016.
The owner of Q-bar, Minister Stanley Felix, said he is happy the investigations so far and noted that plans are in place to have his business rebuilt.