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

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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. Story continues below advertisement

Vertenes-Arruda was charged with first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in connection with this incident.His trial wrapped up earlier this week, with the jury delivering the verdict Saturday.— with files from Catherine McDonald

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