CAR FIRE: The burnt-out sedan at Point Vernon.
CAR FIRE: The burnt-out sedan at Point Vernon. Nat Bromhead

Man accused of car arson, joy-ride

A MAN accused of breaking into a home, stealing guns, taking the owner's car for a joy-ride, torching it and posting pictures of his loot on the internet faced court on Thursday.

Damien Norman Estreich is charged with arson, burglary, stealing, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, enter dwelling and commit an indictable offence, unlawful possession of weapons and discharging weapons on private land.

On September 22 police found a car on fire in swampland near Point Vernon.

Officers from the dog squad were called in to comb the mud flats.

Later in the day police contacted the car's owner, who was in Brisbane at the time and organised for his brother to go to the address they believed it had been taken from.

When the brother arrived he found the place had been broken into and two air rifles were missing.

Estreich was arrested after he allegedly posted photos of himself holding the guns on Facebook.

When police attended his Point Vernon address Estreich was allegedly using one of the guns to shoot cans off his backyard fence.

Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell granted Estreich an adjournment but warned that if he committed any further offences in the meantime, police would not be allowed to give him watch-house bail.

“If you commit any further offences you will go straight to the Maryborough Correctional Centre,” Mr Tatnell said.

Estreich will front the court again on November 11.



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