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Arson conviction ruling in Junction Hotel fire


After a seven-day trial in Bendigo County Court Jozef Jansen, 65, and Remco Jansen, 42, have been found guilty of arson for gain over the fire that destroyed Harcourt’s Junction Hotel in 2014.

Jozef Jansen was also found guilty of obtaining property by deception for claiming more than $300,000 in insurance.

Multiple witnesses spoke of the financial difficulties facing the Jansens in early 2014, and their desperate attempts to sell the hotel. The fire occurred three days after the sale of the hotel fell through.