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Arrested four youths for eight intentional arson in schools and urban furniture of Mula (22/03/2019)

Joint operation of the Civil Guard and the Local Police of Mula |

Those arrested, one of them a minor, are allegedly responsible for the crimes of arson and damages

The perimeter hedge of three Educational Centers was affected, as well as the urban furniture of two municipal gardens

Several lighters hidden in the vicinity of the house of one of those arrested have been seized

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia and the Local Police of Mula have developed, jointly, the operation ON, an investigation aimed at identifying the authors of several fires in buildings and urban furniture of Mula, which has culminated, until the At the moment, with the arrest of four young people, one of whom is a minor, to whom the presumed authorship of the crimes of arson and damages is attributed.

The investigation began last January to clarify the fire produced in the perimeter hedge of a local institute.

Since that date, and until the middle of the present month of February, several fires were happening with a similar modus operandi.

The fire began in the hedge of the schools and, due to the vegetal characteristics of the same one, propagated with rapidity and it extended with great flares that got to calcinar the totality of the plants.

In addition, on the same dates, there were another series of fires in different parts of the municipality that affected the urban furniture of gardens and municipal parks, all of which had generated some social alarm in the municipality of Mula.

The evidence obtained in the different criminal scenarios allowed to determine that the claims had been intentional with the intention of damaging different real estate by fire.

The research work developed below allowed to focus suspicion on several young people, residents of the town, among whom was a minor.

After gathering the necessary evidence, the researchers identified four young people who maintained certain bonds of friendship, two of them, in addition, brothers.

The Local Police of Mula and the Civil Guard have completed the operation ON with the location and simultaneous detention of four young people, one of whom is a minor, as alleged perpetrators of the arson and damages.

There are four males, one of them a minor, of Spanish nationality, three of them aged between 18 and 23 years.

In addition, several lighters have been seized, hidden in the vicinity of the house of one of those arrested.

Those arrested are allegedly responsible for the arson damage caused by the IES Ortega y Rubio Educational Centers (2), IES Rivera de los Molinos (2) and IES Anita Arnao (2), consisting of arson fire. hedges of the perimeter fences.

In addition, they are also related to fires of urban furniture, such as urban waste containers and those caused in the gardens of Barrio Viñegla and the Balate Scout group of the municipality.

They acted during the nights of weekends and holidays

According to the investigation, those now detained organized their criminal tasks to act quickly and efficiently.

To do this, they selected their target and studied the times when the presence of possible witnesses was lower, which led them to act during the wee hours of the weekends and holidays.

In some of the incidents, in addition, the fire caused a risk for the adjoining houses and for their inhabitants, arriving in one of the cases to spread until the clothes tended in the balcony of one of the next buildings.

The operation ON has culminated with the arrest, up to now, of four people as alleged perpetrators of arson and damage, although the investigation is still open to determine the possible involvement of more people.

Those arrested and the proceedings ordered have been made available to the Magistrate's Court No. 1 of Mula and the Office of the Public Prosecutor for Minors of Murcia.

The investigation continues open.

Fire crime

The current Penal Code establishes, in its article 351, that those that provoke a fire that entails a danger for the life or physical integrity of the people, will be punished with the prison sentence of ten to twenty years.

The Judges or Courts may impose the lower penalty in degree taken care of the minor entity of the danger caused and the other circumstances of the fact.

When such danger does not occur for the life or physical integrity of the persons, the facts will be punished as damages foreseen in article 266 of this Code.

Crime of damage

The penalty of imprisonment of one to three years shall be punished by the one who commits the damage to another's property by fire, or by causing explosions, or by using any other means of similar destructive power or that generates a relevant risk of explosion or of causing other damages. of special gravity, or endangering the life or integrity of people.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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