Suspects Plead Innocence In Christmas Goat Arson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Suspects Plead Innocence In Christmas Goat Arson

Published April 10, 2017

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photo by
Visir.is

Two women and one man, charged with setting the iconic Ikea Christmas goat on fire last year, have plead not guilty to the crime.

Vísir reports that Ikea are seeking financial damages from the three alleged arsonists to the tune of 1.8 million ISK (USD 1.600) plus interest.

The suspects were, alas, caught on CCTV setting the much loved Ikea Christmas goat on fire, Monday November 14, last year. The video shows the suspects dousing the goat with some kind of accelerant, then one of the suspects sets the goat alight.

The suspects ran but were chased, first by security, then by police who arrested them on Bústaðavegur in Reykjavík.

The Ikea Christmas goat was 6 metres high and weighed about one tonne, made in Iceland to be put on display near Ikea during the holiday season. The goat has, in recent years, suffered from some considerable bad luck.

Back in 2015, the goat self-immolated when faulty wiring in the Christmas lights reportedly sparked an ignition of the straw.

Then last year it was set on fire by a bunch of Scroogey hooligans.

This year, only time will tell the goat’s fate.

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