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Man who set fire to father's bedroom appeals sentence

A TOOWOOMBA man who was jailed for four years after pouring petrol over his father's bedroom and setting it alight has appealed the severity of his sentence.

Scott James Porter, 26, who represented himself, argued in the Queensland Supreme Court on Wednesday the sentence he received last year was manifestly excessive.

His Toowoomba District Court trial last year heard Porter had argued with his father over a loan of $1000 before getting angry and pouring fuel around his father's bedroom.

Porter held a lighter aloft close to the fuel before it ignited.

The subsequent fire caused more than $126,000 worth of damage to his father's home.

The court heard that while on bail for that offence Porter broke into a Newtown home and stole keys to a Holden Monaro, which he drove around for five days.

The vehicle was eventually found abandoned on Old Goombungee Rd, having sustained more than $17,000 worth of damage.

Porter was sentenced to four years jail and is eligible to apply for parole in June.

The Court of Appeal reserved its decision.

Topics:  court of appeal


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