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Son accused of arson now free like his dad

John Charles Adcock, Darren's father, outside Maroochydore Magistrates Court, where he was granted bail earlier this month.
John Charles Adcock, Darren's father, outside Maroochydore Magistrates Court, where he was granted bail earlier this month. Chloe Lyons

A SON accused of teaming up with his dad to torch a building has been bailed, despite them both making admissions about a Sunshine Coast fire.

After a Beerwah brewery and liquor store went up in flames on September 14, Darren James Adcock and his 52-year-old dad John Charles Adcock were charged with arson.

The junior Adcock's bail application was heard at Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday.

"One of the things that really troubles me [is] both your client and his co-offender, his father, have made admissions," Justice Helen Bowskill told Mr Adcock's lawyer Alan Phillips.

Such admissions meant the "presumption of innocence" did not have the same weight it usually would, the judge added.

Mr Phillips conceded it was "an extremely strong Crown case" but said there were still good reasons to grant bail.

He said Mr Adcock was not a flight risk, had a pregnant partner and a job offer.

"Bail can impose much stricter conditions than probation could've," Mr Phillips said.

The younger Adcock, in his late 20s, was willing to submit to drug testing, the lawyer said.

Crown prosecutor Victoria Adams said Mr Adcock's father already had bail.

"The co-offender was given watch house bail but he made admissions as well. It obviously happens quite regularly."

But she said there was a "real concern" the alleged arson happened when Darren Adcock was on probation for earlier offences.

Ms Adams said Mr Adcock's driving licence was suspended.

Justice Bowskill said relevant laws meant Mr Adcock was entitled to bail unless there was an unacceptable risk of him fleeing, harming people or committing offences.

The judge said the arson admissions from the Adcocks made this perhaps "an unusual case".

She said any convictions for the arson would likely "carry a serious penalty" but there was no material indicating the expectant father was an unacceptable risk.

Mr Adcock was bailed and given a 6pm-5am curfew.

In Maroochydore last month, a police officer said Caloundra CIB and Queensland Fire Service investigations found the fire was suspicious and allegedly "insurance related," the Sunshine Coast Daily reported. -NewsRegional

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