IN CUSTODY: Marcus James Belot, who has 10 charges including arson and robbery, has been remanded in custody after a bail application in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.
IN CUSTODY: Marcus James Belot, who has 10 charges including arson and robbery, has been remanded in custody after a bail application in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

Christmas bail denied for man who lit Byfield fires

A MAN accused of going on a drug and alcohol-fuelled crazed crime spree through Byfield National Park in August has had his pre-Christmas bail application refused.

Marcus James Belot, who is facing 10 charges including arson and robbery, has been remanded in custody after a bail application in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

Belot has also been charged with failing to stop a motor vehicle, obstruct police, possess a dangerous drug, two charges of stealing, one of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, one of wilful damage, one of entering a premise and committing an indictable offence, and three breaches of a domestic violence order.

Defence lawyer Will Prizeman said his client was deprived of capacity at the time of the alleged offences as he was plied with marijuana and alcohol, which was not a defence accepted by the mental health court.

The court heard Belot had paranoid schizophrenia, which was exacerbated by the misuse of marijuana in the days leading up to the alleged offending between August 5-8.

Mr Prizeman said Belot, at the time, described himself as the "anti-Christ".

"He destroyed a sign at a volunteer fire station because he believed a firefighter at the station was his nemesis," he said.

Mr Prizeman said Belot's parents had noted a positive change in his behaviour since his incarceration and were willing to have him bailed to their address.

He said Belot was now receiving treatment for his mental health and had been clean of drugs since August 9.

Police will allege Belot lit fires at Waterpark Creek camp site in Byfield National Park on Sunday afternoon, August 5, before fleeing.

It is alleged police tried to intercept a green-coloured Toyota Starlet hatchback, allegedly driven by Belot, who was travelling on the wrong side of the road at excessive speed.

Due to the dangerous manner in which the vehicle was being driven, police were forced to withdraw from the pursuit.

Belot is also accused of assaulting a man with a machete at his Byfield home at 2am on Monday, August 6, before stealing a ute and fleeing Byfield.

Police will allege Belot made it as far as Kin Kin on August 7, where he stole petrol from a service station and broke into another car, before returning to Byfield on August 8.

Magistrate Jeff Clarke said Belot's criminal history showed he had a "very long outstanding reliance on dangerous drugs".

Mr Clarke said Belot was an unacceptable risk and refused bail.

Belot's matters will be mentioned in court on January 13, 2019.



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