By Trisha La Place
ST. KITTS — A high-court jury on Monday found a 23-year-old Molineaux woman guilty of setting fire to a four-bedroom dwelling house, where more than seven people — some of them children — lived.
Police had charged Andrea Greene with arson for setting fire on a dwelling home with intent to destroy private property.
A police source speculated that jealousy was the motive for the arson.
District Prosecutor Janine Harris alleged that on March 15, 2004 Greene, also known as Angie, set fire upon a wooden structure owned by Tamira Wallace of Shepherd Street, Newtown.
Harris said on that day at about 2 p.m., police responded to a fire report made by Wallace’s neighbours.
Greene was linked to the scene by testimony from several witnesses who testified that they saw a suspicious female around the area.
Wayne Liddie who is in a relationship with Tamira Wallace, and who police suspect Greene may have been madly in love with, said he knew Greene from hanging out at the bar on the ferry terminal. Liddie told the Court he knew Greene for more than five months before the arson incident. He said he would walk her to Bakers Corner after working at the bar late at night.
Liddie, who resided at Shepherd Street with girlfriend Wallace, said that he would walk with Greene to make sure she got home safely.
Prosecutor Harris asked Liddie what type of relationship did he and Greene have.
“Me and Angie were just friends,” Liddie said.
Alecia Ryan another resident of the home stated that she was home watching television when she heard Wallace’s dog barking.
“I then got up and looked out my window I saw a clear skin young lady coming out of Tamira’s gate, five minutes later I started smelling smoke coming from the back of Tamira’s yard,” Ryan said. “I then grabbed my hammer and ran around to Tamira’s side of the yard to try and knock the lock off the gate, but I just couldn’t get it off.
“ I ran to the front of the house and then went back inside, but I just gave up it was to much smoke. So I tried to save my stuff inside and get out as much as possible but the flames were too high, I ran outside in the street and met Dave Mason and I just fell in his arms and started crying.”
Ryan said Mason call some of the neighbourhood boys to help out the fire.
“They started throwing water on the house. But nothing worked the flames took over the entire house and all my stuff were destroyed,” Ryan said.
Ryan told the court that she estimated her loss at $10,000.
Sgt. James Sutton testified that he had conducted a search of the premises and found a plastic bottle in a pool of water with the smell of Kerosene.
Sutton said the accused was brought to the police station by her step-father.
“I then cautioned Ms. Greene about the situation that she was said to have set the house on fire she stated “not me” I then saw a bulge in her skirt pocket. I then asked the young lady what was in her pocket she stated “matches.”
“I asked her where she got the matches she replied I bought them to take home. I then called a female police officer to conduct a search on the accused and found $4.34.”
Sutton said on March 17, 2004 he charged Greene with arson.
As soon as the jury returned with the guilty verdict, Greene’s lawyer Chesley Hamilton asked for sentenced to be held off until Monday, to allow for a mental evaluation of his client.
The judge granted the request.