Fire Damages Home Linked to Storied Aussie Outlaw

By: AP
By: AP

SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian police say they are investigating a
suspicious fire at a mansion once owned by the judge who sentenced
Australia's most notorious criminal, Ned Kelly, to death.

Friday's announcement by police comes one day after officials
said they had finally identified the headless remains of Kelly, who
was hanged in 1880 after leading a gang of bank robbers in
Australia's southern Victoria state.

Victoria police said in a statement that Saturday's blaze at the
historic home in the state capital of Melbourne appears to have
been deliberately lit. The house was being renovated, and police
say they believe vandals squatting at the home set the fire and may
have stolen copper wire from the house.

The mansion was once owned by judge Sir Redmond Barry, who
ordered Kelly's execution.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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