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Monchique arsonist stays locked up ahead of “minimum three year” stint in psychiatric institution

The 52-year-old arsonist whose handiwork led to the destruction of a firefighting truck in Monchique last summer has been deemed “unimputable but dangerous”.

A collective of judges has agreed that he is incapable of distinguishing right from wrong, and should stay behind bars.

The man, who has apparently suffered from ‘schizoaffective disorder’ for the best part of three decades, has been in Silves jail since being arrested for two fires – at Portela do Vale and nearby Marmelete – last July.

Say reports, he will remain where he is for the time being, and “later be transferred to a psychiatric institution” where he will have to stay for a minimum of three years, to a maximum of eight “as a question of safety”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com