Justin Murphy back in court July 30
More time needed for assessment of thrift store arson suspect
The man accused of starting a fire at a St. John’s thrift store will spend another week at the Waterford Hospital for further psychiatric evaluation.
Justin Murphy, 27, faces charges of arson and failure to comply with a probation order in relation to the July 4 fire at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Kenmount Road. The store reportedly sustained moderate damage.
He appeared early Tuesday afternoon in St. John’s provincial court. He was arrested July 8 and was sent to the Waterford Hospital the following day. Judge Gregory Brown said a letter from a physician at the hospital indicated Murphy’s evaluation was thus far incomplete. Murphy will return to court on July 30.
A video released by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary prior to Murphy’s arrest showed a person wearing a hoodie walking around the area behind the store. Eventually, that same area was shown with several fires burning.
The mental health of the accused came up last year when he was sentenced to nine months in jail for charges that included break and enter, theft and dangerous driving. Judge Robert Hyslop referenced the fact Murphy is intellectually challenged and has a diagnosed developmental disorder.