Woman pleads not guilty to Cruz Ln. arson

Trial by jury set for Nov. 28

The scene of the fire on Cruz Lane after some initial demolition work earlier this month.

Latecia Jarrett pleaded not guilty to a charge of arson on Friday and her attorney advised that the trial would be by jury rather than judge alone.

Jarrett, 37, is accused of damaging by fire, without lawful excuse, a number of buildings on Cruz Lane (off Eastern Avenue) in George Town, either intending or being reckless as to whether the property would be destroyed or damaged and being reckless as to whether the life of another would thereby be endangered.

Details of the charge list three people as being the owners of the buildings, which were described in a previous court hearing as the homes of eight people. The charge arose after an incident in the early hours of Sunday, July 31.

Justice Charles Quin set the trial to start on Monday, Nov. 28.

Defense attorney Amelia Fosuhene estimated that the matter would take three days.

She noted that Jarrett was currently in custody, but asked that a bail hearing be scheduled in the near future.

Crown counsel Nicole Petit subsequently confirmed the spelling of the defendant’s name, which had appeared in different versions on earlier court documents.

Temporary new housing has been found for the families that were living in the three adjoining buildings on Cruz Lane and the remnants of the buildings were in the process of being demolished last week.

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