What remained of the Lennox Agricultural Memorial Community Centre in Napanee after the fire was mostly extinguished on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell/Kingstonist.

Accused arsonist Jay Bradley’s “special bail hearing” has finally been scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.

Bradley once again appeared virtually from Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) in Lindsay, wearing orange coveralls and looking relaxed, on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. This time, His Worship Justice of the Peace Roger J. King presided.

Brian Wilcock, Bradley’s defence attorney, began the proceeding by asking to speak with Bradley privately in a virtual break-out room.

After that discussion, both returned to the virtual court and Wilcock explained that he and his client were ready to set the date for “a show cause hearing,” now that he had received instructions from Bradley. Wilcock also noted that this is “a bit more of a complex case,” so it would likely require more than an hour in court.

A bail hearing, sometimes referred to as a “show cause hearing” or “judicial interim release hearing,” is a formal meeting where a judge or justice of the peace decides if the accused can be released from custody while awaiting their trial or appeal. Special bail hearings are lengthier than other bail hearings and often involve more serious charges and complex issues, and as a result, enhanced case management procedures apply.

Wilcock said that they were “proposing one surety” for Bradley, should he be released to await trial. 

A Ms. Hines, who appeared on behalf of the Crown, confirmed that they would likely call the investigating officer or a delegate to the stand rather than simply make a written submission of materials.

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 which are designed to cause or exacerbate fire) for allegedly setting fire to both the old York Street arena in Napanee, and to a private residence.

Justice of the Peace King ordered that two hours be set aside on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, beginning at 2:30 p.m., for this special bail hearing.

More information about bail hearings and other proceedings can be found on the Ontario Court of Justice website. Kingstonist will continue to provide coverage of the Bradley case as it proceeds.

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