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Arson suspects free to go

Two Quesnel residents charged in connection with a suspicious fire have been found not guilty in Supreme Court.

Madam Justice Adair in handing down her decision noted that the case came down to the credibility of the two witnesses that identified John Junior Elkins and Christine Elkins as suspects.

She called their testimony inconsistent and not credible or reliable.

The charges were in connection with a vehicle fire outside a house in the 200 block of Hartley Street in June of 2014.

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RCMP said that several windows were smashed at the residence as well.

The two witnesses were the only ones in the home at the time.

Madame Justice Adair said that there was no DNA evidence found at the scene to place either of the accused there and that glass found in the clothing of Christine Elkins at the time of her arrest was not tested for consistency with the glass at the scene.

RCMP testimony also said that Christine Elkins had blood on her fingers at the time of her arrest but Madame Justice Adair noted that it was improbable that she would have broken the glass with her fingers.

She also said that she couldn’t speculate on either the glass or the blood because that is not evidence.

Both of the accused were charged with Arson, Mischief Endangering Life and Mischief over 5 thousand dollars.

(Files from George Henderson)

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