Arsonist released from prison

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Arsonist released from prison

A Georgetown man who lit an ex-girlfriend’s apartment on fire and forced the evacuation of the building will have conditions imposed on his release from prison.

Jeffery Douglas Burke has been serving a sentence of three years, one month and 17 days for arson after the 2013 incident in Stratford.

The National Parole Board recently released a report dealing with Burke’s statutory release, including what conditions would be necessary to protect the public and help with his reintegration into society.

Burke pleaded guilty to setting fire to several pieces of furniture in his former girlfriend’s apartment while he was under the influence of drugs.

At the time, Burke broke into the apartment and got mad when she didn’t return home in the middle of the night.

The fire caused $200,000 in damage to the building and forced several people out of their apartments, including one tenant who had to be rescued from a third-floor balcony.

In 2009 Burke was also convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend when he grabbed her by the throat and held her to the floor in what the board called a fit of rage while under the influence.

As part of his release, Burke must refrain from using drugs that aren’t prescribed or taken over the counter and he is not to consume, buy or possess alcohol.

Burke is to avoid anyone he knows is involved in criminal activity.

The board also required Burke to report all sexual and non-sexual relationships and friendships with women.

Organizations: National Parole Board

Geographic location: Georgetown, Stratford

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  • Truthful islander
    February 11, 2016 - 12:08

    Just think about all this he s ex was and is still a cocaine addict and gets punched out by men in morrell maybe there is something with this laura chick

  • lock him up and throw away the key
    January 27, 2016 - 17:19

    This Burke fellow has serious issues and should never be out on parole, let alone free on the streets. The National Parole Board of Canada has failed our society on this case. Corrections Canada should be keeping a permanent cell available for him for the rest of his life.

  • Bobby
    January 27, 2016 - 12:32

    Man I bet there are a lot of fathers of daughters out there really happy that this clown is out.

  • Islander
    January 27, 2016 - 12:10

    I would say society is at risk with someone like this. Imagine all the damage and heartache not to mention the victims of his abuse. This guy should not be relocated to the area he came from. He has serious addictions/anger management , Mental Health issue at best