Three men charged over alleged arson of historic Parramatta school in May costing $10 million

Three men have been charged over their roles in the alleged arson of an historic Parramatta school earlier this year. 

Emergency services were called to a school on Macquarie Street about 4.45am on Saturday, May 19, where they found a building on the grounds well-alight.

The blaze was extinguished by Fire & Rescue NSW fire fighters, and while the building was not in use and no one was injured, it was significantly damaged. 

The estimated costs to repair the building is more than $10 million. 

Officers from Parramatta Police Area Command attended the scene and initial inquiries indicated the fire may have been deliberately lit.

Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad’s Arson Unit established Strike Force Zingara to investigate the circumstances surrounding the blaze. 

Following extensive investigations, strike force investigators arrested a 20-year-old man at a home at Rosehill just after 7am on Tuesday.

He was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with destroy property in company use fire and enter prescribed premises of any person without lawful excuse.

A second man, aged 19, was arrested by Strike Force Zingara detectives at Wentworthville about 11.30am, and taken to Parramatta Police Station.

He was charged with destroy property in company use fire and enter prescribed premises of any person without lawful excuse.

A third man, also aged 19, was arrested at a home in Greystanes about 4.30pm, and taken to Parramatta Police Station.

He was charged with destroy property in company use fire and enter prescribed premises of any person without lawful excuse.

All men were granted strict conditional bail and are due to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Investigations are continuing.

 

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