A charge of arson is being withdrawn in the case of a man who died after a convenience store was set on fire in the city’s east end.
The Crown is withdrawing the charge against 26 year old Amanda Gillett of Mississauga. She had pleaded guilty last year for participating in the firebombing of an under-construction Big Bee last summer.
Gillett originally faced charges of arson endangering life and manslaughter, but the assistant Crown agreed to the lesser arson charge instead and the manslaughter charge was never dealt with.
It’s not known why the charge is being withdrawn. Two other men have pleaded guilty and are serving sentences for their part.
The Big Bee was set ablaze after two gas-filled vehicles were parked against the front of the store and lit, blocking the escape of 21 year old Samir Anbari.
The Crown’s case said the fire was orchestrated by a now deceased owner of the rival Big Bear chain who paid to have it destroyed.
(The Hamilton Spectator)