News

Teen on arson charge

A teen has faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court over the fire at the old showgrounds last weekend.
A teen has faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court over the fire at the old showgrounds last weekend. Mike Knott

A TEENAGER with a hearing impairment has appeared in court charged with lighting the fire that destroyed the pavilion at the old showgrounds.

The 17 year old, who cannot be named due to a court-imposed suppression order, has been charged with one count of arson following the blaze that was allegedly lit last Saturday.

The fire destroyed the shed's contents of donated goods and building materials which were being distributed via the Salvation Army.

He appeared in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday morning, after being charged late Thursday, but proceedings were briefly stood down while an Auslan interpreter was sought.

Upon the interpreter's arrival, the court proceedings resumed when Magistrate Deb Vasta asked whether the teen would be making an application for bail.

"The police are objecting to your bail," Mrs Vasta said.

Duty lawyer Rian Dwyer then informed Mrs Vasta the accused hadn't made a decision about whether or not he would apply for bail.

"He just won't make that decision," he said.

Court was again stood down while Mr Dwyer and the interpreter had a second discussion with the defendant.

"There are some issues here that are very concerning," Mrs Vasta said.

Mr Dwyer said the teen was supported by members of the school he attends.

When Mr Dwyer and the interpreter returned, Mr Dwyer said his client still wouldn't make a decision about applying for bail.

Mr Dwyer also made an application for the identity of the alleged arsonist to be suppressed due to his young age and because he was still a school student.

Mrs Vasta then remanded the young man in custody, and ordered he reappear via videolink from the Maryborough Correctional Centre on July 22.

"I'm not having him in the watchhouse all weekend," she said.

But following requests by Mr Dwyer to have his client appear in Bundaberg that day, Mrs Vasta agreed.

Topics:  arson, bundaberg magistrates court




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

The Club Hotel is for sale

The Club Hotel will go on the market later this week.

How much will The Club Hotel sell for?

Why it feels like it's 2 degrees in Bundaberg

RUGGED UP: Five-year-old Riley Bryan is rugged up and ready for the cold snap expected to hit CQ next week.

An icy wind is making it feel a lot colder than usual

Hinkler candidates tell you why you should vote for them

Senior Issuing Officers counting votes from this weekend council elections at the Returning Officer's Headquarters, Goondoon Street.

Who will you vote for in this election?

Latest deals and offers

Travis Mittelheuser Tae Kwondo

HIGH KICK: Travis Mittelheuser and Coach Ian Fauth practice some moves at Improvements Gym, Bundaberg. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

A short video about Travis Mittelheuser talking about his trip overseas to...

Tax scam call

Message left for a Bundaberg lady trying to scam her out of money.

Ernie Els dunks for eagle

Smooth swing, great shot.

Ernie Els lives up to his reputation for one of the best swings in golf.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%