Court is­sues $1000 fine for set­ting ‘friend’s’ door on fire

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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.

Mag­is­trate

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.

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