Man who thumbed his nose at the law gets bail revoked

A WARWICK man who decided to thumb his nose at the court has had his freedom revoked ahead of sentencing for a host of serious charges.

Hunter Gabriel Murray-Costelloe, 19, was due to appear on Friday in the Brisbane District Court along with his four co-accused but he was a no-show resulting in a bench warrant being issued for his arrest.

Shortly after the proceedings got underway a fire alarm in the court complex resulted in the building being evacuated.

The court resumed about 20 minutes later once the all-clear had been given.

Murray-Costelloe had at this stage decided to turn up to court.

Murray-Costelloe was allegedly one of five balaclava-clad men that stormed Hetty Colon's Dunwich Post Office on July 21, 2012, and stole about $16,000 from the safe.

Police allege the group started a fire in a nearby high school to coax Ms Conlon's firefighter husband Brian from their home, leaving the 45-year-old woman alone.

The woman told police she opened a safe out of fear of being hurt and heard splashing sounds as accelerant was poured throughout the building.

Police will further allege a then 17-year-old Murray-Costelloe punched Ms Colon and knocked her unconscious before the group left.

Ms Colon was able to escape the burning building but suffered a concussion and eye damage.

The couple's home and adjoining post office were destroyed in the blaze.

Murray-Costelloe was remanded into custody and will be sentenced along with his co-accused at a later date.


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