Arsonist jailed for 17 years

BLACK Saturday convicted arsonist Brendan James Sokaluk has been sentenced to 17 years and nine months in jail.

A former Country Fire Authority volunteer, Sokaluk will serve a non-parole period of 14 years, after he was found guilty of 10 counts of arson causing death.

The verdict was handed down by Victorian Supreme Court Justice Paul Coghlan for deliberately lighting the Churchill fire on 7 February 2009.

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