Acquitted of Aggravated Assault and Arson — R. v. D.G.

D.G was charged with aggravated assault and arson after a fight with his roommate.  It was alleged that D.G. had assaulted his roommate with a knife and then set the house on fire.  Indeed, according to another roommate, D.G. warned him to get out of the house because D.G. had set the house on fire.  At trial, the prosecution called an expert from the Fire Marshall’s office to attempt to establish that the fire was started intentionally rather than accidentally.  After a trial by judge alone, D.G. was acquitted of all charges.