Man accused of setting fire to cars will face district court

THE man accused of stealing and setting fire to two cars and abandoning a stolen Toyota Landcruiser on rail tracks in Gladstone in May has been ordered to stand trial in the District Court.

Matthew John Coyle, 25, appeared via video link before Gladstone Magistrates Court as the police prosecutor read out charges from a series of incidents.

Prosecutor Nina Sulzer tendered more than 30 witness statements before magistrate Penelope Hay.

Facing a series of charges that includes unrelated offences, the most serious charges of arson and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle will be heard in the Gladstone District Court on a date to be set.

Coyle is charged with the dangerous operation of a vehicle on May 17, wilfully setting fire to a vehicle on May 17, and wilfully setting fire to a Holden Commodore on May 2.

No pleas were entered.

Asked by Ms Hay if he had anything to say, Coyle replied: "Not at the moment your Honour."

Coyle did not apply for bail, and other matters were adjourned to a later date.



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