Man jailed for two years for Woorabinda house blaze

JACOB Chermside has always hated his father because he watched the latter stab his mother in the head.

That's what a Rockhampton court heard yesterday before Chermside, 46, heard his fate from Judge Paul Smith.

Chermside on Thursday pleaded guilty to one count of arson for setting his housing commission home alight on May 25, 2011.

The court heard that on the day of the offence Chermside stood on the veranda of his Woorabinda house and yelled abuse at his brother, who lived nearby.

Chermside then threatened to lock himself in his house and set it alight.

It's not known why Chermside threatened to do so.

Chermside was found lying on the floor and family members were able to drag him from his burning home.

Crown Prosecutor Russell Hood said there was an insurance settlement for the house of $147,293.

Judge Smith sentenced Chermside to two years imprisonment.

Chermside will be released on parole on October 14.



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