Oct 16, 2010 News
A mentally challenged Plaisance woman who allegedly set fire to her two-storey house on Thursday night is back in police custody.
The woman, Denise Munroe, who had disappeared shortly after the fire started at her 76 Victoria Road house, was handed over to police by residents of the community.
Kaieteur News understands that Munroe had fled to the back of the village. She was apprehended by residents who had learnt that she was responsible for the fire. Reports indicated that the woman had threatened to burn the building on several occasions.
One attempt was made earlier last week when she set fire to curtains with the aim of demolishing the building,
She was arrested but police said that they did not have enough evidence to charge her, since no one saw her committing the act.
She was release early Thursday morning, hours before making good on her threat.
Prior to that Munroe was arrested and charged for damage to property on two separate occasions after she destroyed several windows of the house.
On the first occasion, she pleaded guilty and was placed on a one year bond, while the second is still engaging the court.
One of the woman’s sons told investigators yesterday that the situation had become so bad that family members were forced to take turns to watch her to ensure that she did not make good her threat.
However, it took just a few minutes by herself on Thursday night for Munroe to do what she had to do.
Family members are now fearful that she would make good on her other threat to kill herself, now that mission one has been accomplished.
They are also not too happy that a magistrate had previously refused to sign a committal order for her to be confined to the observation ward.
They believe that had Munroe been under observation, the tragedy that befell them on Thurdsay might have been averted.
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