Woorabinda arsonist escapes actual jail time for offences

LEONARD Ryan Daisy stayed silent yesterday when Judge Michael Burnett read him his sentence in the Rockhampton District Court.

Daisy pleaded guilty to arson charges in the court after the Woorabinda man set fire to items in his Housing Commission home.

Judge Burnett said Daisy had an extensive history of alcohol abuse, and went so far as to say "for a man of your age, I am surprised you are alive".

Judge Burnett listed Daisy's serious health issues, including liver and heart problems, and said they all stemmed from alcohol.

"All those defects are a consequence of your excessive consumption of alcohol," he said.

"You are reported of drinking even methylated spirits."

When Daisy lit the fire he was already on parole from another arson charge - and Judge Burnett said Daisy had previously spent time in prison for very similar offences.

"You need to understand this carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment," he said.

"If you commit any further offences... you will go straight to prison.

"They are no more chances for you, Mr Daisy... you need to get your drinking under control."

Daisy was sentenced to a total of three years' imprisonment, with immediate parole.



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