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Arson trial delayed to 2020

The trial of a woman accused of setting fire to a pile of men's clothes, which then caused more than $100,000 in damage to a West Kelowna home, has been delayed.

Codie Dobson was arrested and charged with arson damaging a property in March 2018 after emergency crews responded to a house fire on Webber Road.

Crews arrived to find a burning pile of clothes in the backyard, and a portion of the house on fire.

An officer on scene told Castanet that witnesses had seen a woman lighting a fire in the backyard and fleeing the scene.

While Dobson was released on bail, she failed to appear in court in May 2018, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was found and taken back into custody later that month, resulting in additional charges of resisting an officer and two counts of breaching bail conditions.

She was released from custody again later that summer, and in January of this year, she pleaded guilty to resisting an officer and was handed six months probation. The Crown then dropped the breach charges.

This week, Dobson was scheduled to face trial on the arson charge in Supreme Court in Kelowna, but the trial was delayed after Dobson changed her lawyer.

The case is still a long way from coming to a conclusion, with a pretrial conference set for next June, and a trial expected sometime after that.



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