Man turns to arson for revenge
A FORMER Gympie man used a cigarette lighter to set fire to curtains inside a neighbour's caravan out of revenge over an unpaid debt.
Alan James Faraj had turned to alcohol and amphetamines after a marriage break-down and was living at a caravan park at Aspley, in Brisbane's north.
He was jailed for three years when he faced Brisbane District Court on Wednesday for arson and stealing a laptop and television from a different neighbouring caravan.
Crown prosecutor Sarah Dennis said Faraj, 30, went into the caravan on February 6 this year seeking a debt owed to him but when the man was not home, he lit the curtains.
She said Faraj told police he though someone would put out the fire before it caused substantial damage, but the fire destroyed 80% of the caravan.
Ms Dennis said he bragged to another resident he had petrol-bombed the caravan but defence barrister Kim Bryson that was not true.
She said her client was the father of a two children, aged three years and 18 months, and he had now reconciled with his partner.
Ms Bryson said Faraj would return to the family home when he was released from prison.
Faraj has already served 188 days in custody and will be released on parole on February 16 next year.