Illegal immigrant arrested for causing fire in the garden of an apartment building in Hamitköy

A Pakistani national who caused a fire in Lefkosia, was arrested and brought to court on Friday.

The incident happened at around 9:15am on Wednesday July 3 when the suspect, NA, a Pakistan national threw an unextinguished cigarette butt on a pile of cardboard in the garden of the basement of an apartment building on Durmuş Bıyıklı Street in Hamitköy, Lefkosa resulting in a fire outbreak in the garden of the basement.

The police stated that as a result of the fire, which was extinguished by fire crews, a wooden pergola in the apartment’s back garden, a water tank and its motor, as well as various pieces of furniture and household appliances, were damaged by the flames.

Additionally, the police indicated that the left rear bumper and fender of a car which was parked next to the pergola, melted due to the heat.

The police also reported that the heat caused the door and window glass of a residence on the back street of the apartment to crack, damaged the external unit of an air conditioner, and burned three citrus trees in the garden of the residence.

The estimated damage from the fire is approximately 350,000 TL, according to the police.

During an immigration check, the police found that the suspect had been staying in the country illegally since January 31, 2024.

The police requested that the suspect be sent to prison, noting that the investigation was complete and that the suspect did not have legal status in the country.

The judge after evaluating the testimony, ordered that the suspect be detained for a period not exceeding 45 days.

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