Mt Kynoch home burned over 'local dispute'

A 47-YEAR-old man accused of setting fire to a neighbour's house in Mt Kynoch has appeared again before Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

Gavin Lee Harris has not as yet been required to enter any pleas to charges of arson of a structure or building and wilful damage arising from alleged incidents in Dodson Cres late on the night of March 18.

Police claim a number of front windows had been smashed before a fire was lit in the home's garage.

The building sustained extensive damage as a result of the fire.

Police believe the incident arose as a result of a neighbourhood dispute.

Harris stood quietly beside Jag MacDonald of MacDonald Law who told the court he had received the police brief of evidence and asked for an adjournment so a registry committal could be completed.

A registry committal is the process via which all the case material is handed over to the Department of Public Prosecutions to be taken to the higher court.

Harris remains on bail with strict conditions including not attending his or the complainant's residence in Dodson Cres.

During proceedings yesterday, Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck also formally charged Harris with an unrelated charge of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

No details of that matter were aired in court but part of Harris's bail conditions on that charge include staying away from the Bulloo River Hotel in Thargomindah.

Mr Schemioneck adjourned all matters for mention back in the same court on June 30 by which time the registry committal is expected to have been completed.


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