Sta­tion ar­son case in court

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

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.

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