Man in cus­tody af­ter florist fire

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A Hor­sham man, 36, faces ar­son and bur­glary charges over an in­ci­dent that has dev­as­tated a long-term Hor­sham busi­ness.

The man faced Hor­sham Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day where he was re­manded in cus­tody for a com­mit­tal men­tion in Fe­bru­ary next year.

Po­lice charged the man with two counts of ar­son, bur­glary and theft and ex­pect to lay sub­sidiary charges.

They al­leged in court that the man broke into Hor­sham Florist in Roberts Av­enue about 5.30am on Satur­day and stole about $1500 in cash be­fore set­ting fire to the premises, caus­ing about $100,000 dam­age.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Con­sta­ble Neale Roberts from Hor­sham Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit said in­ves­ti­ga­tions quickly re­vealed the iden­tity of the sus­pect and po­lice had ar­rested and charged him on Mon­day.

He said the sus­pect, caught on se­cu­rity footage walk­ing across Roberts Av­enue to Coles su­per­mar­ket af­ter the in­ci­dent, had ad­mit­ted to be­ing drug-af­fected.

“The in­ci­dent has dev­as­tated a long-stand­ing Hor­sham fam­ily busi­ness, which all but oper­ates as a ser­vice to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“It’s hor­rific to think what the own­ers will have to do to at­tempt to get the busi­ness back to where it was – if it can hap­pen at all.

“It shows how a crim­i­nal act can dev­as­tate a whole fam­ily. And in this case, with stock and flower or­ders for wed­dings and fu­ner­als all lost, the im­pact also goes through the whole com­mu­nity.”

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