Mentally Ill Man Escapes Charges Following Suspected Arson

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Updated: January 25, 2016

A fire in Scotland Half Moon Village this past weekend left a family of seven homeless. The house in which thirty three year old Denise Lodge and her family were living in, burnt to the ground and authorities suspect foul play. Reporter Hipolito Novelo has more in this report.

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“Fortunately, 33-year-old, Denise Lodge and her five children were not at home when her house was set on fire on Saturday evening in Scotland Half-moon Village.”

DENISE LODGE

“I left out my house at around 6:30. I went down to my sister in law at around 6:40 and I wasn’t even there for five minutes and by the time I came back my house was on fire and I know I didn’t have anything lit inside. I didn’t have a candle lit and my stove didn’t have any gas so I know I didn’t leave anything on in the house to say that something from inside the house burnt it down.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“Lodge lost everything.”

DENISE LODGE

“I didn’t get anything out. The fire just blazed quickly so I didn’t get to save anything.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“Police say it was arson. Fingers are pointing to one John Dawson, a mentally ill individual. During his apprehension, two police officers were injured. A WPC was hit to the face and a PC was cut just above the left eye.”

DENISE LODGE

“I suppose it’s him because I got the understand that he said that he was going to do it but I wasn’t home so I was the target and I think that is what he did because after he did it he bragged about it that he lit it on fire. I do believe that he did it.”

Even if he did do it, no charges will be laid against him.

SR SUPT EDWARD BROASTER

“He will not be charged, he is certified mentally insane.”

LOCAL REPORTER

“So even for the injuries he inflicted on the police officers as well he will not be charged for that?”

SR SUPT EDWARD BROASTER

“The law is specific when it comes to mentally challenged individuals.”

DENISE LODGE

“The hardest problem is to get it back that is the most painful part because my oldest son is in standard six; he is supposed to graduate in June and now I have to try to get all those books for him so I don’t know what I am going to do about that.  Most of all I would like people to assist me in building supplies to try and get back in a house, that is the most I would ask for also if anyone could help me with my babies; their uniform to get back to school.”

If you would like to help you can call Lodge at cell phone number, 630-2183. Reporting for Love News, I am Hipolito Novelo.