More possible delays at arson trial
Oct 28, 2013 / 7:50 pm
It appears there will be more delays in the arson trial of Brandon Seberras-Pick, who is accused of breaking into one home and trying to set another on fire.
The matter has trudged its way through the judicial system with extended breaks between sessions, and as the crown looked to be wrapping up its case on Monday, defence counsel David Johnson brought up the issue of continuity at the scene.
This accusation seemed to blindside both Justice Jane Cartwright and Crown prosecutor David Grabavac, who each believed the issue of continuity had been agreed upon at an earlier date.
Johnson stated that he couldn’t remember if they had agreed, and went on to suggest that some things may have been moved, like cigarette butts or flammable liquids, which could have led fire investigators to reason it was arson and not an accident.
He also pointed out testimony from Fire Investigator Richard Buper, who was unable to determine a source of ignition for the blaze, finally determining in his report that the fire had “appeared” to be started deliberately.
Both counsels will discuss the matter and if they cannot come to agreement, Grabavac says he will be forced to call more witnesses, including members of the security detail assigned to the property following the blaze.
The fire broke out just before 2 a.m. at 1665 Large Avenue on Black Mountain the morning of Feb. 16, 2012.
A family of four, including two children were asleep in the home when the fire started. Everyone managed to get out safely, but the damage was estimated at $200,000.
Earlier that night, another homeowner on Feedham Avenue reported a break and enter and described the suspect as matching a description of Seberras-Pick.
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