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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 00:00

Brian BarrellaOn Thursday, March 14th, 35-year-old Belize City resident, Brian Barrella was found guilty of arson of his ex-mother in law’s home. On Monday, March 18th, he was fined $3,500 by Supreme Court judge, Justice Adolph Lucas., Sr.

On February 16th, 2008, after being refused entry into his ex-mother-in-law’s home, he set a curtain in the home on fire. His ex-common-law wife was living in the house at the time. The house is located in the Sunset Park area, Mile 8 Western Highway.

Speaking in mitigation for him on Monday were his aunt, Videlia Barrella, Theresita Abraham and Rosa Gonzalez, who all spoke well of Barrella asking the court for leniency.

After hearing the pleas, Judge Lucas told Barrella that in law, when one is convicted of arson at the Supreme Court and is imposed a fine, the sentence in default cannot be more than 12 months. He then fined him $3,500 which he should pay by September 27th, 2013.

During the trial on Thursday, March 14th, Carolee Anderson, Barrella’s ex-common-law wife told the jury that on February 16th, 2008, she was at home at her mother’s house, when Barrella came and began to knock on her room window for her to let him inside. Anderson said she refused since she and Barrella were having problems in their relationship. She said that from the room window, he asked her to please give him his clothes that were inside which she did but he still wanted to come inside so they could talk. She refused and that’s when he began to remove the louvers from one of the windows. They then got into a struggle as she tried to stop him and he subsequently pulled out a blue lighter and lit the curtain on fire.

Anderson said that she went into the house and told her mother what had happen then she called the police.

Barrella who was unrepresented during his trial, gave no defense and chose to remain silent.