Susie Diane McKinley, 54, appeared in Summary Court in Grand Cayman on Tuesday afternoon after being brought over from Cayman Brac on Monday on a charge of arson.

She was charged with damaging by fire an apartment owned by another, intending to endanger the life of another or being reckless as to whether the life of another would be endangered.

The charge arose from an incident that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 29, at a premises on Frigate Drive. A press release from police indicated that a bed in the residence was set on fire and the Brac Fire Service attended the scene and extinguished the fire. No one was injured in the incident.

Crown counsel Scott Wainwright objected to bail.

Defense attorney John Furniss said bail could be offered because there was an address where Ms. McKinley could stay in Grand Cayman and the court could order her to wear an electronic monitor. He questioned whether the charge should be damage to property, since the Crown had made no mention of structural damage.

Magistrate Valdis Foldats said he was not prepared to grant bail, but the defendant could apply to the Grand Court. He pointed out that arson is a charge that can be dealt with only in the Grand Court and he transmitted the file there.

The matter was set for mention in the higher court on Friday, Oct. 12.

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