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Brampton, Ont., man accused in deadly fire found guilty on two charges, including murder

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First-degree murder trial for Brampton man accused of setting a fire that killed his mother-in-law and nearly 5 others coming to a close
A First-degree murder trial for a Brampton man accused of setting a fire that killed his mother-in-law and nearly killing his wife, three children, and father-in-law is coming to a close As Catherine McDonald reports, Helder Verdentes-Arruda’s lawyer told the jury his client is not guilty of murder because he was suffering a “substance abuse psychotic disorder” at the time and didn’t know the consequences of his actions – Apr 16, 2024

A jury in Brampton, Ont., has found Helder Vertentes-Arruda guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his mother-in-law and the attempted murder of his wife following a deadly house fire in December 2020.

He was found not guilty on four additional charges of attempted murder.

According to Peel Regional Police, emergency crews were called to a residence fire on Martindale Crescent, near McLaughlin Road and Williams Parkway, shortly before 4 a.m. on the date of the incident.

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After police and firefighters arrived, they found a 71-year-old man, three girls between the ages of four and 11, and their 34-year-old mother, who was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators subsequently found the body of a 61-year-old woman inside the home, identified through court documents as Maria Manuela-Correia.

Manuela-Correia was Vertentes-Arruda’s mother-in-law, Global News learned.

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Vertenes-Arruda was charged with first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in connection with this incident.

The jury began deliberations on Thursday, with the jury delivering the verdict Saturday.

— with files from Catherine McDonald

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