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Preliminary Hearing Begins For Man Accused Of Setting Seven Rural Fires

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Justin Beal has been charged with seven counts of arson in relation to suspicious fires around Wellington County in 2016 and 2017.
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The preliminary hearing of a man charged with setting seven rural fires in 2016 and 2017 began in Guelph on Wednesday.
Justin Beal, 29, stands accused of setting the fires over an eight-month period from Oct. 14, 2016 to June 25, 2017.

In a Guelph courtroom Wednesday Beal chose to be tried by judge and jury. A trial date has not yet been set.
There is a publication ban on any evidence presented at the three-day preliminary hearing.

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