Station arson case in court
A 35-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison for lighting a series of fires across the CBD, including at Perth train station, while in a drug-induced psychosis.
Donald James Ranger appeared at the Supreme Court last week and pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage by fire and one charge of burglary.
The offences occurred early in the morning on Wednesday, February 21, with an estimated $705,000 damage caused to the Perth train station.
Ranger has been in custody since his arrest and his defence noted a psychiatrist’s report deemed him to be suffering from drug-induced psychosis.
Justice Steven Hall noted socioeconomic factors caused Ranger’s drug use and he had been exposed to them from an early age.
However, he said it was Ranger’s decision to use the drug.
He will be eligible for parole after two years and six months. He was ordered to pay $205,122 for repair work completed so far by the Public Transport Authority.