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B.C. man with seven arson convictions declared dangerous offender

VICTORIA — A Vancouver Island man described as a "pathological fire setter" has been declared a dangerous offender and will be incarcerated indefinitely.

Provincial court Judge Carmen Rogers has sentenced Daniel Sutherland for a March 2014 fire at a Victoria-area mental health facility that caused about $35,000 in damage.

Sutherland's decades-long record contains about 90 convictions, including seven for arson.

Rogers says a psychologist once described Sutherland as "an obdurate, pathological fire setter," and she says nothing has stopped him from starting blazes, including court and mental-health orders and incarceration.

She says another psychologist found Sutherland suffered from a mixed personality disorder, with antisocial, narcissistic and paranoid features and meet the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia.

Rogers says nothing but an indeterminate sentence will adequately protect the public from Sutherland.

The Canadian Press

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