KINGS PARK ARSONIST DESERVES PUNISHMENT
LAST Tuesday morning, someone set fire to my backyard. Well, it may be a bit self-indulgent to refer to Kings Park as my backyard but that’s how I use it. From exercising in it to capturing the best scenic photos of Perth, picnicking and enjoying lazy days on the lawn, it all happens in Kings Park. My heart sank when I saw the smoke and flames as I approached the park about 6am that day. I knew things were hectic when several choppers drowned out the sounds of nature above me. Later that day, police confirmed the fire was deliberately lit. Detectives from the Arson Squad’s Strike Force Vulcan want help with their investigation and rewards of up to $50,000 are available for information that leads to the identification and conviction of an arsonist. Arson is the biggest and deadliest form of vandalism possible. On any given morning at Kings Park, there are walkers, runners, dog walkers, grounds people and holiday makers enjoying the view across the 270ha of bushland and botanic garden. Evacuation would have been difficult, not to mention perilous for the firefighters, who would have been at risk of their lives. The selfish person/people who did this faces life in prison under the Criminal Damage by Fire (Arson), Section 444 of the Criminal Code. I implore you to be vigilant and report anything that could help the arson detectives.
– Denise S. Cahill