It is an interesting story this one. WE could say is a cop have more a responsibility to uphold regulations like total fire bans, is he paying the price for being a cop.Or the devastation he caused means he needs to be prosecuted just like any other idiot who is outside abusing the law on a TOTAL FIRE BAN day? I am looking forward to responses on this one readers…
Investigators believe sparks from an angle grinder started the February blaze.
Robert James Stevens, who was off duty at the time, has been charged with carrying out an activity in the open that could cause a fire.
A total fire ban was in place on the day of the fire.
Mr Stevens, 56, pleaded not guilty in the Armadale Magistrates Court today.
Outside the court, his lawyer Jeremy Scudds maintained his client’s innocence.
“He maintains his plea of not guilty and he looks forward to the matter being determined by the court,” he said.
He said Mr Stevens is grateful for community support. Well obviously their homes were not burnt down then!
“He does have a lot of support from the community and we thank the community for that,” he said.
A one day trial has been set down for December. Well what does that tell you?
- Accused Perth firebug to defend charge (news.theage.com.au)