Gatton Star : 2020-06-24

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NEWS

NEWS 12 WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU Lockyer woman takes case to trial Arsonist excapes jail time Chronic illness used to dodge time in slammer in old case EBONY GRAVEUR ebony.graveur@gattonstar.com.au EBONY GRAVEUR fire was because Mr Kennedy had “annoyed” her. “It’s hard to know exactly what motivated you to behave in that manner however evidence indicated you were no doubt intoxicate­d and there had been a dispute with Mr Kennedy,” he said. Bodero’s lawyer A. Jamieson sought a suspended sentence and argued his client’s chronic illness and poor health condition made her unsuitable for prison. “(Her doctor) told me he is very concerned about his patient … She is in a category of developing serious symptoms and is at a high risk of dying,” Mr Jamieson said. “That all predominan­tly flows from cirrhosis of the liver.” Mr Kissick said alcohol use was the biggest danger for Bodero’s condition. Judge Rafter told Bodero he was persuaded by Mr Jamieson’s submission­s. “Under the circumstan­ces, wholly suspended terms of imprisonme­nt are appropriat­e,” he said. Bodero was convicted and sentenced to a four-year suspended jail term. ebony.graveur@gattonstar.com.au THE owner of Lockyer Valley backpacker accommodat­ions has again appeared in court, with a slew of charges to her name for alleged fire safety breaches. Mayla Patterson, 53, appeared in the Gatton Magistrate­s Court on Monday, seeking a trial date to dispute matters concerning fire safety across two Lockyer Valley addresses. The charges relate to backpacker accommodat­ions in Gatton and Atkinson’s Dam and include two counts of failing to display signs in accommodat­ion units, five counts of failing to maintain prescribed fire safety installati­ons and two counts of failing to prepare a fire safety management plan within one year. Prosecutor Michael Nicholson phoned in to the mention, appearing as counsel for Fire and Emergency Services. Mr Nicholson sought a new trial date and told Magistrate Peter Saggers it was likely the hearing would need two days. Ms Patterson will appear in court again next Monday, at which a new trial date will be confirmed. A WOMAN who burnt down a Brightview house 11 years ago – and then blamed the man who lived there – has managed to dodge jail time due to her chronic illness. Appearing for sentencing in the Brisbane District Court on Friday, Debbie Ann Bodero, now 49, was excused from standing in court due to her poor health. The court heard Bodero had stood trial at Ipswich District Court in February this year and had been found guilty of arson and of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The court heard Bodero had slid a piece of burning cardboard through a gap in a door to a shed on September 10, 2009. William Kennedy, who was 72 at the time and has since died, lived in a flat built in the shed and was inside at the time. Judge Anthony Rafter SC told Bodero the damage she caused was extensive and the fire had spread to a house. “The curtain caught fire ACCUSED: Debbie Bodero at Ipswich court, on Feb 18, 2020. Picture: File image and as a result extensive damage was caused,” Judge Rafter said. Prosecutor Stephen Kissick said the damage caused to the shed and the nearby house totalled $203,596.30. Judge Rafter said Bodero had asked a witness, Daryl Singleton, to lie for her and tell police Mr Kennedy had lit the fire himself. “You procured Mr Singleton to provide a false statement and give false evidence against Mr Kennedy,” he said. The court heard Mr Kennedy had initially been charged with arson and had spent a night in jail. “Thankfully, prior to his committal hearing, Mr Singleton told the truth and the charge against Mr Kennedy was dismissed,” Judge Rafter said. He told Bodero, to his understand­ing, the reason she had set the structure on JUNE STOCKTAKE SALE *20% OFF Marked Prices Barb’s Kitchen & Gifts | Lunch Dinner Take Away and Limited Dine In $30 Burgers, pizza, fish & chips, quiche, hot box, sandwiches, coffee, cakes & slices, cold drinks, milkshakes and more! $100 $65 $50 Unique gifts for all occasions! $89 Gifts, wall art, books, toys, decorative teapots, bags, shoes and jewellery for birthdays, weddings and anniversar­ies for everyone. NOW OPEN IN TWO GREAT LOCATIONS www.gattonauto­electrical.com 735 Tallegalla Rd, Minden 1506 Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale 5426 8554 5493 6829 *SALE RUNS FROM 1 - 30 JUNE Mon-fri 5am-7pm | Sat & Sun 6am-7pm www.barbskitch­en.com.au TGSE01Z01M­A - V1

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