Dastyari confirms marriage split as he enters jungle
A MESSAGE scrawled on the back of a home completely gutted by fire is a key clue for investigators looking into a suspected arson.
Plumes of black smoke filled the air in Ashmore yesterday, as a Belah St property went up in flames in the early hours of Monday.
The man renting the home, a 46-year-old Ashmore local, has spoken with detectives about that message, “This is for f--king ing my wife,” with police sources saying they could be looking for a jilted lover.
Early investigations suggest the offender had broken into a ute parked under a carport at the property some time before 8am and then reversed it into the side of the home and set the car on fire. The blaze quickly spread throughout the building, leaving only charred remains behind.
Police are also investigating whether a boat, a moped and a trailer were stolen from the home in the leadup to the fire being ignited.
Witnesses said they heard explosions before rushing out of their homes to see the home well alight.
Nearby resident Phil Pope was the first on the scene and said he saw the ute on fire.
“I went to open the front door to make sure no one was inside, but I heard an explosion and stayed back,” Mr Pope said.
Bev Gavin who lives behind the property said she was concerned the strong winds blowing in her direction would spread the blaze to her home.
“I saw the fire from my bedroom and called Triple-0. I heard about three explosions,” she said.
“I’m very thankful. My neighbours ran over and turned off my power and moved my car for me.”
Firefighters rushed to the scene about 8am, with Southport fire brigade Station Officer Michael Brown saying they fought the blaze for 20 minutes before it was out. “Over 50 per cent of the home was on fire, and the rest has been damaged with smoke. A jetski and dual cab ute have been destroyed too.”
The home was still a crime scene yesterday.
Police Inspector Karen Shaw said they were still investigating and called on anyone with information or CCTV or dashcam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. DISGRACED Labor politician Sam Dastyari has split from his wife w of eight years.
The 35-year-old is understood s to have parted ways with partner Helen Barron (both pictured) less than a year after h he was forced to quit parliamentover dealings with Huang Xiangmo, who has links to the C Chinese Communist Party.
The news comes a day after Mr Dastyari was unveiled as a contestant on re- ality-TV show, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
“We have had a very amicable split and still it is so hard,” Mr Dastyari said before entering the South African jungle to compete on the reality show.
“I just can’t imagine how people who don’t have the luxury of such a supportive partner do it,’’ he said.
“I can’t imagine how hard it must be to have a bitter break up. Because this was amicable and it still hurts so much.”
The couple has two daughters together. Mr Dastyari will spend up to a month in South Africa competing in various tucker trials against fellow former politician Jacqui Lambie.
Others on the show include comedian Tahir Bilgic, TV presenters Ajay Rochester and Luke Jacobz, AFL great Dermot Brereton and MasterChef contestant Justine Schofield.
EXPLOSIONS HEARD: Neighbours rushed out of their homes to witness the gutted house in Belah St Ashmore. Picture: Emily Halloran