Trial date in arson case to be set on October 20

GORE BAY—The latest hearing of Clinton Gordon Haggart, charged with seven counts of arson in a series of five suspicious fires in homes and businesses in Little Current within a three-month period, was adjourned on Monday, September 29 until Monday, October 20, to set a date for a two- to three-day trial. Mr. Haggart, 30, remains in custody in district jail in Sudbury.

On August 14, Mr. Haggart appeared in court in Gore Bay via video conference from the detention centre where he is being held. The following charges against Mr. Haggart were read before the court: intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to personal property owned by Clinton Haggart, 25 Wilson Street East, Northeast Town, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, under Section 434.1 of the Criminal Code on June 13, 2014, and intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to a dwelling house, property of Ontario Aboriginal Services, 25 Wilson Street East (the home of the Haggart family); intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to a dwelling owned by Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, 35 Blake Street West (the home of Mr. Haggart’s mother-in-law, Margaret Bowerman); intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to a garage, property of Lorne Alston, on July 23 at 15 Blake Street West; intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to a shed, property of Jamie Still, on August 5, 26 Blake Street West; intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to a dwelling/recreation centre, property of Michael Maciuk, on August 17, 21 Campbell Street West (the Island Training Centre); and intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to a storage facility, property of Floyd James Renton, on August 17, 23 Campbell Street West (the former Little Current curling rink).

The OPP asks anyone with information on any of these fires to contact police at 1-888-310-1122 or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).