Elderly man charged with arson after lighting bushfire that destroyed neighbor’s home

Elderly man charged with arson after lighting bushfire that destroyed neighbor’s home

An elderly man was charged with arson after lighting a bush fire that grew out of control and destroyed his neighbour’s home. According to police, on Friday 68-year-old Bernard Moore was at a property in Tropical Park Village, Belize District clearing the land. Moore told police that he set a bush fire and was unable to prevent the flames from spearing out of control. The blaze fanned out to the resident of Marlon Longsworth and completely destroyed his home and all his belongings. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Fitzroy Yearwood, says that on Saturday the elderly man was charged for the incident. 

ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Department Press Officer: “The person that they detained and have since charged for arson Mr.Bernard Moore , 68 years, claimed that he set some bush on fire to clear a lot and the fire spread to a pimento patch area and eventually that spread to the house that was burnt. The house belonged to Mr.Marlon Longsworth who was not at home at that time, he was at work. He was informed that his house was engulfed in flames and unfortunately he lost everything in that fire. I know that police on the 11th of February that Saturday charged Mr.Bernard Moore, 68 year old, for the crime of arson and he is supposed to be arraigned in court today.”

ASP Yearwood further explained, that even though Moore did not light the fire with intentions to destroy Longworth’s home, he did ignite a bush fire without having adequate permission to do so. 

ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Department Press Officer: “And I have seen several commercials on all the various media houses and I even hear it on the radio warning people about starting bush fires and burning garbage especially in these villages where we know that the nearest access to a fire truck would be in Ladyville Village or from Belize City. Not only is it illegal but it’s also thoughtless to start these bush fires. Sometimes the neighbors complain that they can’t even breathe properly because of these bush fires. There are other ways to get rid of the bush. We have lawn mowers, we have machetes, we have weed whackers, there is no excuse for anyone that starts a bush fire especially causing a man to lose his home. So whether or not he takes responsibility he was charged by the elements of the law that specifies that we should not do this.”

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