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Man denies causing flood in police station

A Devonshire man has denied causing more than $3,000 damage to Hamilton Police Station by setting off the building’s sprinklers from his cell.

Jerry Williams, 49, pleaded not guilty yesterday to causing wilful damage and causing a false alarm of fire to the Bermuda Fire Service.

Prosecutor Nicole Smith said Mr Williams was arrested around 12.30am on Sunday in connection with another matter and taken to Hamilton Police Station.

He was uncooperative with officers and could not be processed so he was taken to a detention cell.

Ms Smith said the defendant was recorded on CCTV cameras as he took a cigarette lighter from his pocket, stood on a toilet and held the lighter to the fire sprinkler.

The sprinklers were set off, flooded the area with several inches of water and caused an estimated $3,620 in damage.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner, upon hearing the facts of the case, told Magistrates’ Court: “It boggles the mind. One, who designed these cells, and two, what he was doing with a cigarette lighter in his pocket?”

Mr Warner adjourned the matter for trial on June 21 and remanded Mr Williams into custody until then.

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Published June 20, 2013 at 10:03 am (Updated June 20, 2013 at 10:02 am)

Man denies causing flood in police station

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