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Alleged arsonist set for March trial

Quesnel man Matthew Emmanuel Lucani gets trial date after suspicious fire set in July 2018

Quesnel man Matthew Emmanuel Lucani is set for a trial to begin Mar. 14, 2019 in Quesnel Provincial Court. Lucani is facing a charge of arson damaging property, from a July 18, 2018 incident in Quesnel.

Lucani is already currently in custody, according to B.C. Court Services Online. In November 2018, he was sentenced to 149 days in jail, two years’ probation, a 10-year firearms ban and a $200 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to breaking and entering with intent to commit an offence. The arson and B&E occurred on the same night.

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Quesnel RCMP detained Lucani on July 18 after a break and enter at Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Plus on Malcolm Drive in West Quesnel. He was originally charged with the break and enter offence, as well as theft of $5,000 or under; however, the charge for theft was stayed after Lucani pleaded guilty to the B&E charge.

In November 2018, Quesnel RCMP Sgt. Chris Riddle confirmed the department had recommended charges to Crown counsel for Lucani relating to a suspicious fire that was reported in the early hours of July 18, in a dumpster in the parking lot between Tim Hortons and Granville’s Coffee.

Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department responded to that fire, as well as four others, on the night of July 17 and morning of July 18.

Riddle indicated there was evidence of Lucani’s involvement in setting only the dumpster fire.

He’ll go to trial for the arson charge this March.

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