Court told of threat to set house alight after wife leaves

A MAN allegedly doused his Blackwater home in fuel and threatened to set it alight after coming home from a night in lock-up to find his wife and four children gone.

The strong smell of petrol and loud banging noises prompted neighbours to contact police late last week.

The 33-year-old allegedly ran out the back when police arrived, but they later located and arrested him.

Concerned fire crews switched off power to the home after finding petrol in every room, particularly the bedroom.

The man, who cannot be named, appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday charged with wilful damage.

Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow made an application for bail on his client's behalf, but later abandoned it to seek a psychiatric assessment.

The court heard the man returned home from the Blackwater watch house to find his family and their belongings gone.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Shaun Janes said he called his partner and threatened to burn down their home.

He said police opposed bail on the grounds that the defendant was at risk of re-offending and endangering the safety of himself and the public.

Mr Yarrow said his client was recently released from a mental health facility where he received treatment for alcohol abuse.

The matter was adjourned to January 30.



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