Man faces court over fire, rob­bery charges

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

A MAY­FIELD man ac­cused of set­ting fire to a stolen car in bush­land on the north­east coast of Tas­ma­nia on Sat­ur­day has ap­peared in court.

Jack­son Cad­man, 20, was ar­rested at Beech­ford on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon and ap­peared in Launce­s­ton Mag­is­trates Court be­fore Mag­is­trate Ken Stan­ton yes­ter­day.

It was al­leged that on Sat­ur­day Novem­ber 23, Mr Cad­man en­tered the home of Al­bert Liam George at Rocher­lea armed with two bricks, and stole cash, a chain­saw and a Ford Fal­con sta­tion wagon.

Mr Cad­man al­legedly drove the sta­tion wagon to Beech­ford

Rd at Stony Head and set it on fire, caus­ing $5000 dam­age.

He was charged with armed rob­bery, mo­tor ve­hi­cle steal­ing, ag­gra­vated bur­glary, un­law­ful set­ting fire to prop­erty, de­stroy­ing prop­erty and driv­ing while not the holder of a driver’s li­cence.

Mr Cad­man has not yet en­tered pleas to the charges.

A po­lice spokesper­son said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing into whether the ve­hi­cle fire at Stony Head caused a bush­fire that has been burn­ing in the area since Sat­ur­day. Mr Cad­man has not been charged in re­la­tion to the bush­fire.

He was granted bail by Mag­is­trate Stan­ton and the case was ad­journed to De­cem­ber 17.

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