Christopher Martin Humphries, 37, is the third employee to be charged in relation to the fire that broke out at Hurlingham Golf Club on Saturday August 11, which was meant to be used as a new shelter for the city’s homeless.
Humphries faces three counts of arson with intent to endanger life and two of arson with intent to cause serious damage to property in connection with the fire that consumed a former members clubhouse at the course and spread to adjacent buildings and grounds.
Police believe that Humphries poured accelerant on and near some golf teeing areas at the course and, as a result, large areas of turf and grass were sprayed with accelerant. He also sprayed the roof of the course clubhouse with an accelerant that was intended to set it alight.
The golf club discovered the fire on Saturday afternoon, with 36 firefighters from five London boroughs, eight fire engines and 45 officers attending.
Humphries was arrested in connection with the fire on Monday morning and was later charged.
He is due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on August 28.
Source: HCI, BBC