Arsonist serves just two months
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
AN 18-year-old man who burnt down a Rollo Street house last year purely for "... the thrill of seeing the house burn'' was released from jail on Friday after serving only two months for arson.
However surprisingly the owner of the house, Colin Walz, agreed with the decision to release the young offender.
Darcy William Fisk was originally sentenced to nine months jail in February with a further three years probation.
During his original trial the judge warned Fisk that arson carried a maximum sentence of life.
However a successful appeal was launched against the nine-month sentence based on Fisk's young age, cooperation with police and unstable upbringing.
Speaking with The Observer yesterday, Mr Walz, who owned the Rollo Street home valued between $60,000 and $70,000, said he felt the decision to release Fisk had been the right one.
"I thought at the time (of the original sentencing) that with a guy of that age, who may be on drugs or whatever and then they do something stupid that could affect them for the rest of their life, is a bit of a shame,'' Mr Walz said.
Mr Walz agreed with the court's decision that placing Fisk in jail with hardened career criminals could teach him more bad habits and create more of a problem for him when released.
"We've got to try and work out how to rehabilitate these young guys without putting them in jail,'' he said.
The decision in the Court of Appeal last week concurred with Mr Walz.