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



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Four crews called to fire near Draper Road

Bush fire at Murdering Creek Road, Peregian.

Four QFES crews were called to the scene of a bushfire yesterday

'He can see!' Mum's tears as boy fights Taipan bite

Eli Campbell, 2, is recovering at Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital after he was bitten by a taipan three times at Agnes Water.

Todder bitten by a snake can now see, talk and walk.

Local Partners

'He can see!' Mum's tears as boy fights Taipan bite

TWO-year-old Eli Campbell continues to amaze his parents and doctors as he bravely takes on his recovery from a near-fatal taipan bite.


What's on: Saturday, December 3

Not sure what to do today? We've got you covered

Head to the sugar museum for a sweet taste of history

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the revamped Sugar Museum at Fairymead House is Mayor Jack Dempsey and Fairymead House Team Leader Hayley Vale.

Learn about the industry that made Bundy what it is

List of gigs happening around Bundy

KEY NOTE: Country singer Alex Peden. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail

There's a live show for everyone

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!