Arson Causing Death – Acquitted

This is a case study on arson causing death resulting in the accused being acquitted.

What is alleged to have occured?
The client’s daughter had set fire to the former family home, become trapped inside the burning premises and had died. The prosecution alleged that the accused had been involved in a joint criminal enterprise with her daughter to commit the arson, by purchasing the petrol used to set fire to the premises, driving her daughter to the house and then waiting in the back streets in a ‘getaway car’ whilst her daughter lit the fire.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Melbourne County Court for the charge of Arson causing death.

What was the result?
The accused was acquitted of the charge.
DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013