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Alleged arsonist back in jail as father travels on business

Jun 26 2012

A 20-year-old Colwood man is back in jail after his father left on a planned business trip.

Christopher Thomas Boyle was arrested and charged with arson damaging property and arson to inhabited property after his family home erupted in flames May 13.

Boyle was released on $25,000 bail on June 14 with conditions that he live under house arrest with his father, Greg Boyle. He was ordered not to consume drugs or alcohol.

Chris Boyle is also prohibited from possessing matches, lighters or any other incendiary devices.

At the time of his release, Boyle's father signed the bail and agreed to act as a surety. This means he took responsibility for his son and promised the court that he would do everything in his power to supervise his son and try to ensure his son complied.

"The difficulty was, he was previously scheduled to be out of the country. It wasn't anything Chris has done," defence lawyer Tybring Hemphill explained Monday.

"The goal was for Chris to be in a residential treatment program, but we weren't able to get that in place in time."

Hemphill hopes someone else will act as an interim surety so Boyle can be released from custody before his father returns home.

On Monday, Boyle appeared in Western Communities provincial court before Justice Robert Higinbotham. The case was adjourned until Thursday.

Fire broke out at the Boyle family home about 7: 25 p.m. on May 13. Neighbours called 911 when they saw flames and black smoke.

Chris's older brother Matt Boyle, 22, was asleep at the time. He was awakened by the family dog and later treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.

ldickson@timescolonist.com

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