Woman charged over house fire has nervous condition – court hears

A young woman said to be suffering from a nervous condition was yesterday refused bail and ordered to seek medical attention after she allegedly set fire to a house.

The police charged Candacie Hinds with setting fire to a dwelling house, property of Carol Atkin. She pleaded not guilty when she appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore in the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.

Hinds and the virtual complainant Melanie Jammott reside in the home, as the homeowner Atkin is overseas. The two, the court was told, had a dispute over an Apple iPad.

Hinds, the court heard, set fire to the house after she was not satisfied with the way in which the police handled the matter. The fire was put out by neighbours.

However, a washing machine valued $39,000 and a BlackBerry cellular phone valued $17,000, property of Jammott were damaged.

Hinds was represented by attorney Clyde Forde, who told the court that his client was suffering from depression and at the time of the incident had a nervous breakdown.

Hinds of Section ‘B’ South Sophia was ordered to seek medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital. She is to return to court on October 4 after an evaluation by the doctors there. In the interim bail is refused.


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