Motel owner charged with arson - Oct. 11, 2013
The owner of a Saint Andrews motel destroyed by fire in 2010 has been charged with arson.
Gordon Lankisch, 49, of Saint Andrews, did not enter a plea when he appeared Tuesday afternoon before Provincial Court Judge David C. Walker in St. Stephen Provincial Court. Lankisch, wearing a dark business suit, was not accompanied by his lawyer.
Crown prosecutor Shara Munn told the judge she had spoken to both the Crown handling the case and Lankisch’s lawyer and they asked that the case be set over without plea. She said the Crown intended to hand over the “considerable amount of disclosure” in the case to Lankisch’s lawyer.
Lankisch is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m.
The court also learned that a 51-year-old Saint John man was being sought by police in connection with the case, but officers had not been able to locate him. The Crown asked the name of the man, who is also facing a charge of arson, be placed on the docket for Oct. 29.
The Blue Moon Motel was built by Don McLaren in 1967 and purchased by Charles Lankisch in 1972. Lankish’s son, Gordon and daughter-in-law, Kim, assumed the operation of the motel in 2000.