Accused arsonist Jay Bradley denied bail

Napanee Fire Chief Bill Hammond watches as a team conducts an arson investigation amid the destruction of the York Street arena which Bradley is accused of torching. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell/Kingstonist.

Accused arsonist Jay Bradley will not be granted bail while he awaits trial and will instead remain in custody.

Bradley, who was arrested on November 3, 2023, stands accused of two counts of arson (with a disregard for human life), criminal harassment (with threatening conduct), and possession of incendiary material (materials designed to cause or exacerbate fire) for allegedly setting fire to both the old York Street arena in Napanee and a private residence near Yarker.

The accused man appeared in Napanee court before Justice of the Peace Leona Dombrowsky to receive the decision on his bail application on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, after a show-cause hearing on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.

Bradley leaned forward in his seat and fidgeted with his jumpsuit while waiting for Dombrowsky to read her decision. His expression darkened as the Justice of the Peace read that he would not be granted bail.

Due to a publication ban based on Section 517 of the Criminal Code of Canada, there is to be no publication of information arising during a bail hearing, nor of the reasons given by the judge until the accused is discharged, or, if they are ordered to stand trial, until the trial has ended. The media can, however, publish the identity of the accused, comment on the facts and the offence that the accused has been charged with, that a bail application has been made, and report on the outcome of the application. 

In Canada, the charge of arson with a disregard for human life is always treated as an indictable offence and carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Bradley’s next court appearance will be in late January 2024 for a Crown pretrial conference.

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