Court issues $1000 fine for setting ‘friend’s’ door on fire
TIMOTHY Paul Jozef Lever appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday via video link with the Townsville Correctional Centre, where he is currently in custody.
The court heard Lever went to see a friend in Airlie Beach at 6.30pm on August 6 last year.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said he poured an unknown flammable liquid over the front door and set it alight.
The court heard the then 35-year-old made three attempts to put the fire out, with the entire incident captured on CCTV.
Duty lawyer Cleo Rewald said given Lever’s level of intoxication that day he didn’t actually remember lighting the fire.
She noted he was in jail because his parole was revoked following events in November 2014 and this offence pre-dated that.
Haydn Stjernqvist said the likelihood something more serious happening after setting part of a building of a building on fire was nonetheless all too evident.
“Are you going to be hanging around the Airlie Beach area when you get out?” he asked.
“I think so sir,” Lever replied.
“Well you might want to think about that,” Mr Stjernqvist said.
Lever was fined $1000.