Fire damages home linked to storied Aussie outlaw

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Posted: Sep 01, 2011 9:51 PM
Fire damages home linked to storied Aussie outlaw

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.