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Maine-et-Loire: an arsonist firefighter in detention after a series of fires

2021-09-20T17:48:29.246Z

A volunteer firefighter, suspected of being at the origin of 27 fires in six months in the Saumur region, was indicted and placed in ...



A volunteer firefighter, suspected of being the cause of 27 fires in six months in the Saumur region, was indicted and placed in pre-trial detention, we learned Monday, September 20 from a judicial source.

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This 42-year-old man is suspected of having committed "

27 incidents of fires in Brain-sur-Allonnes, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and Breil

" between April 7 and September 17, 2021, indicated the Public prosecutor of Saumur, Alexandra Verron, confirming information from the local press.

10 years in prison

Arrested at the end of a long investigation and placed in police custody on Friday, he was referred to the Saumur prosecutor's office, and indicted on charges of "

willful destruction by fire

" and "

by dangerous means

", and placed in pre-trial detention Sunday.

Judicial information was also opened at the request of the prosecutor.

The suspect faces a 10-year prison sentence.

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Volunteer firefighter, this father "

perfectly integrated and without criminal record

", would have started fires by targeting "

woods, vegetation, the forest

", according to the prosecutor.

"

This had created a certain stir locally because many of these plots belong to hunters

", underlined Alexandra Verron, who specifies that as a firefighter, "

he intervened on some of these fires

".

For now, the suspect has provided investigators with explanations that are still confused: he said "

he suffered a traumatic event in his family

" and said he wanted to hunt "

images he wanted to burn

", said Ms. Verron. According to the prosecutor of the Republic of Saumur, the statements of this man will have to be re-specified in the context of a possible psychiatric expertise.

Source: lefigaro

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