Brother row ignites door-damage case



ROCKHAMPTON man Benjamin Zachiary Cooms set his brother's front door on fire because he wouldn't give him a lift, Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

The court was told Cooms, 23, had attended his brother's home at Weinholt Street, Allenstown, to ask for a ride to a friend's place.

Senior Constable Kay Schick said the pair had argued and Cooms' brother had shut the door.

She said Cooms decided to set fire to the door, using his lighter.

He left the house with the door burning.

Fire and Rescue were called to extinguish the door, which was left damaged and badly charred.

Senior Constable Schick said Cooms had told police he did not know why he did it, except that he was frustrated.

Defence solicitor Brian McGowran said Cooms was on medication for severe depression and anxiety, which he had not taken for a few days when he visited his brother.

Cooms pleaded guilty to the wilful damage charge and was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service.

A conviction was recorded.



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