Man charged over Phillip massage parlour fire

Ian Bushnell 7 September 2018

The gutted unit in Dundas Court, Phillip. Photo: George Tsotsos

A 37-year-old man has faced court charged with arson over a fire which gutted a Phillip massage business last month.

On the night of 14 August, emergency services and police went to Jenny Magic Massage, a traditional Chinese massage parlour in Dundas Court, after reports that it was engulfed in flames.

Following an analysis of the scene, police and fire investigators believed the fire to be suspicious, and a review of CCTV footage showed a person throwing a flaming object through the window of the massage premises.

Detective Acting Station Sergeant Mark Rowswell said the result of this investigation was assisted greatly by members of the public.

“This man has been identified from a number of CCTV images provided by nearby businesses in Woden, and we would like to thank those who provided footage for their assistance in this matter,” he said.

The 37-year-old man was remanded on Thursday (6 September) to next appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on 27 September, 2018.

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