St. John’s man pleads guilty to arson at heritage property – NTV

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A St. John’s man suspected of intentionally setting fire to four properties in the capital city has pleaded guilty to one of them — at an historic home.

Alex Hayes appeared via video in provincial court as his lawyer entered the guilty plea to a charge of arson on his behalf.

The RNC arrested the 31-year-old Hayes on Jan. 26 in relation to a fire at a municipal heritage building at 1 Bonaventure Avenue, near The Rooms.

Investigators determined the blaze was purposely set.

Hayes was also suspected in fires at Freshwater Auto, as well as two residential sheds – on Empire Avenue and Fraser’s Lane. Charges in relation to those incidents, which include arson and break and enter with intent, are being conditionally withdrawn by the Crown.

A sentencing hearing has been set for Jan. 19, 2024.

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