Woodside man accused of arson causing bodily harm in recent Canning house fire

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This home in Canning was surrounded by caution tape in the morning Feb. 11 as the investigation into a fire that broke out the previous evening continued.

KENTVILLE - A Woodside man accused of intentionally or recklessly causing damage by setting fire to a house, thereby causing bodily harm to a man, will be back in court in March.

Matthew Vernon Warner, 29, was present in Kentville provincial court in custody Feb. 12. There was a joint request from the Crown and defence to have Warner sent to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth to be assessed for criminal responsibility. The court granted the request. The matter has been adjourned to March 10.

The assessment will determine if the accused suffered from a mental disorder at the time of the alleged offence that would exempt him from criminal responsibility.

It’s alleged that Warner committed the offence on Bains Road, Canning, on Feb. 10. The charge has not been proven in court.

Canning firefighters were called to a house fire on Bains Road at 9:37 p.m. Feb. 10. Automatic aid calls went out to neighbouring departments, but additional crews were stood down when the fire was quickly contained. Two brothers were displaced, and assisted by the Red Cross.

Organizations: East Coast Forensic Hospital, Red Cross

Geographic location: Woodside, Bains Road, Kentville Dartmouth

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