By the end of November, pressure was beginning to increase. The insured had employed Insurance Lawyer, Andrew Hooker who was pressing for progress reports and the investigation was stuck.
Then by sheer chance on 29 November’11 the scientific and computer press published a sensational story about printers being set alight remotely and that fitted IAG’s requirements perfectly.
Martin Jorgensen is a professional liar to hire rather than any form of computer expert and he saw the opportunity to link the insured to the fire 400Km away.
He had found LOGMEIN software on the PC Hard drive recovered from the fire scene by Russell Joseph and indications of its use on the night of the fire albeit over an hour before the fire was seen.
The REMOTE IGNITION THEORY, Version 1, was born!
All that was required was a look at the MacBook owned by the insured and finding the remains of a printer in the library to make a credible explanation of how the insured caused the fire.
Along with Maurice Fletcher, Russell Joseph was ordered back to the fire scene, this time with heavy lifting and digging year and instructions to ‘FIND THE PRINTER!’
On 12 December’11 in the pouring rain, Fletcher and Joseph returned to the fire scene.
There are serious issues here. It certainly wasn’t magic!
Firstly, where did the pile of debris come from? It is by far the largest pile of debris in the whole fire scene. In fact, the images show that it wasn’t there directly after the fire. It was produced on 8 November’11 when Russell Joseph cleared the central part of the Library floor and put the debris at the western end of the library almost completely filling the alcove and the space under the beam.
Now, since the debris wasn’t there until 8 November’11 when Joseph created the pile, how did the printer remains arrive on top of the November pile?
Secondly, why weren’t the remains of the printer pressed flush into the debris pile by the enormous weight of the beam?
The only possible explanation is that the printer was never under the beam, it appears to have been dropped into that location after the beam had been removed.
Thirdly, the vertical position of the printer. If as IAG’s investigators claimed the fire was caused by the printer in the library, it would have been found in the lower levels of debris in the library. Only the debris of items below it before the fire would be below it in the debris field. Russell Joseph would later claim that this was the case but looking at his photographs proves that claim was misleading.
The average debris depth in the early images in around 10 – 15 cm and that is the debris from everything, 2 furnished floors, structure and roof which all would have roughly fallen vertically downwards due to gravity. The remains of the printer appear to be about 40cms off the library floor which rules it out of ever being in the library or for that matter in the house at all!
It is unclear where the printer remains came from, with Corporate Risks investigating 300 fires a year, procuring a suitable item would have been very simple. There is no image of any printers in the debris prior to 12 December’11.
Having found the printer they then removed the office floor and found components of the computer system and peripherals that had existed in the office.
Then they did a truly remarkable thing, they totally cleared the main part of the fire scene down to bare concrete, destroying any evidence remaining and probably more importantly destroying the evidence of their fabrication.