Strict bail accompanies arson charges

TWO people charged with arson after fire gutted a Rollo Street home on December 29 appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.

Darcy William Fisk, 18 and Teigen Sharpe, 17, were each charged with one count of arson and one of entering premises with intent to commit indictable offences.

Magistrate Doug Morton attached strict conditions to the pair's bail.

He ordered Fisk to reside with his sister, have no contact with Sharpe and not to commit any further offences while on bail.

When Sharpe appeared Magistrate Morton told her she was "very lucky to be given bail at all''.

Sharpe was ordered to reside with her mother, and was given a curfew.

She was told she could not leave her mother's home between 7pm and 7am unless accompanied by her.

Further, she was ordered not to enter Gladstone, to commit no further offences, and to have no contact with her co-accused.

"If you see him you turn and head in the opposite direction,'' he said, telling Fisk likewise.

Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Constable Chris Lindsay said between $60,000 and $70,000 worth of damage was done to the residence.

Yesterday Snr Const Lindsay said it had been determined that the blaze was deliberately lit.

He said the home belonged to a local business person who had no connection to the pair, but he could not elaborate any further.



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