Emergency services on standby at the siege scene in Proserpine on Sunday.
Emergency services on standby at the siege scene in Proserpine on Sunday. Aimee Vinci, Whitsunday Times

Siege suspect 'uncooperative'

PROSERPINE siege suspect Tyrel Cameron wore a t-shirt in court yesterday which read: "It's only illegal if you get caught."

The 31-year-old man held his hands over his ears as barrister and duty lawyer Phillip Moore tried to explain some court proceedings to him.

Mr Moore eventually had to withdraw his legal services because Cameron appeared to not be cooperating.

Cameron's case was adjourned for 24 hours for the second time in two days.

He has now been in custody since his arrest in Proserpine on Sunday night and it is believed he is being medically assessed to determine how fit he is to face court again.

Cameron was the subject of a four-hour siege after he allegedly set fire to his own vehicle while it was being held in a yard near the police residence.

He allegedly then set fire to furniture in the street and then threatened to set fire to a drum of petrol in a house in Dobbins Lane.

He was eventually arrested after a police negotiator became involved in the incident late on Sunday.

Cameron is charged with wilfully damaging property, lighting an unauthorised fire, leaving a fire unattended, endangering property by lighting a fire, and obstructing police.

He has entered no pleas and a formal application for bail is yet to be made.

Following yesterday's court proceedings, in which two police officers stood near Cameron while he was in the dock, Magistrate Ross Risson remanded him in custody for another 24 hours.



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