Accused arsonist makes brief court appearance

The aftermath of arly morning flames on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023, which destroyed the old Lennox Agriculture Memorial Community Centre’s arena on York Street, Napanee. Jay Bradley, a former business tenant of the building, has been charged with arson in connection with this and one other fire. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell/Kingstonist.

A man accused of burning down a residential garage and the old Napanee arena on the same night made his second court appearance Tuesday after an unexplained delay.

Jay Bradley, the former owner-operator of Napanee-based Disco Ball Events roller skating, appeared before Justice of the Peace David J. Auger by video conference from the Central East Correctional Centre in Kawartha Lakes. Bradley’s Tuesday appearance came after an unexplained hours-long wait for an appearance on Monday, for which Bradley did not materialize.

Brian Wilcock, a criminal defense attorney based in Napanee, appeared on Bradley’s behalf. Wilcock notified the Justice of the Peace that he had yet to be formally retained by the accused, but that he had spoken with Bradley, who indicated that he intends to work with Wilcock as his legal counsel.

Wilcock asked that the matter return on Thursday so that he and Bradley can make a “bail plan.” It was so ordered.

Kingstonist reached out to the Central East Correctional Centre for an explanation of Bradley’s failure to appear on Monday, Nov. 6, as scheduled. No response was received by time of publication.

Bradley remains in custody and is scheduled to appear virtually in Napanee bail court on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023.

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