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Nov 12, 2009

Michael Quan charged with burning neighbor’s van

Story PictureOn Wednesday, the trial of a city man accused of setting his neighbor’s van on fire started in the Supreme Court before Justice Michelle Arana. Both sides closed their arguments today and will address the jury on Friday. The accused arsonist is Michael Quan, a resident of Bachelor’s Avenue who allegedly set Kingsley Estelle’s 1995 Ford Windstar van on fire last year. On Wednesday, Estelle told his side of the story saying that shortly after eight on November seventeenth, he arrived home and found Quan, and two brothers: Brian and Scott Castillo. He put them out but only Quan left and a fight broke out with the two Castillo brothers. According to Estelle, he left, returned later and took a seat near a window of his house facing Bachelor’s Street. He said from there he saw Quan set on fire a blue sweater and throw it on the van. Estelle said he ran out of his house and quickly removed the burning sweater. Quan testified this morning and denied Estelle’s version. He said that he was turned away but that he returned because Estelle’s sister asked for his help since the Castillo brothers were fighting with Estelle. In cross examination, Prosecutor, Cecil Ramirez for the crown suggested to him that he was upset with Estelle that night and that’s why he set the van on fire. But Quan said he did not agree with this suggestion. Quan also called one character witness. He is being represented by Hubert Elrington.

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