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Alleged arsonist refused bail in Hervey Bay

A WANTED man, who allegedly tried to torch a Hervey Bay home after falling out with the occupants, has been refused bail.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court was told Troy Frank Hera-Singh was wanted in South Australia when he allegedly set fire to the bedroom of a Torquay address in August.

Documents before the court state Hera-Singh was, at the time, banned from going to the home after police responded to a violent argument days before.

When he indicated that he wanted to go to the house to recover his tattoo equipment, police had told him they would go with him during "daylight hours" but Hera-Singh allegedly went on his own, about 1am and used an "unknown accelerant" to start a fire.

Further investigations revealed Hera-Singh was allegedly wanted on outstanding warrants in South Australia and had breached his release conditions by returning to the home.

His lawyer, John Milburn, told the court on Monday that his client was a qualified welder but was currently unemployed.

Mr Milburn said Hera-Singh would "consider" volunteering with a local charity if allowed bail.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell refused bail on the grounds there was a "huge likelihood" that Hera-Sing would "fail to appear or reoffend".

He remanded him in custody until next month.

Topics:  bedroom hervey bay hervey bay magistrates court torquay



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