Man admits to arson charges

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

A 44-year-old man accused of deliberately lighting multiple fires along Albany Highway early this year has pleaded guilty.

John Barry Forsey appeared in Albany Magistrates Court this morning pleading guilty to eight counts of wilfully lighting a fire likely to injure or damage.

Police allege Mr Forsey was responsible for several fires deliberately lit between 12.30pm and 4.15pm on Wednesday, February 8 between Williams and Mt Barker.

Detectives arrested Mr Forsey in Mt Barker after their investigation into a vehicle of interest identified on the highway, which was stopped by police after several police vehicles were deployed onto the highway in response to the bushfires.

Mr Forsey also faces charges of dangerous driving, damaging property and failing to stop when directed by police, which were remanded without plea to September 14.

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A pre-sentence report and psychiatric report is set to be prepared before Mr Forsey in sentenced on September 11 in the Perth District Court.

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