The 27-year-old man linked to these blazes has been suspected to set fire while out on bail for alleged sex offenses.
An unidentified firefighter, who was working with the Darwin River unit in the country’s Northern Territory, has been charged with starting 17 fires by officials investigating questionable bushfires. The 27-year-old man linked to these blazes has been suspected to set fire while he was out on bail for alleged sex offenses. According to a report by The Sun, the man was arrested by Australian detectives investigating several suspicious bushfires, which was a part of Operation Paringa. Following a raid on Tuesday, the man was taken into custody.
Firefighter charged with starting 17 blazes in Australia while on bail 'for serious sex offences' tracked by ankle tag https://t.co/iLYcJmiOxV— The Sun (@TheSun) January 8, 2020
While out on bail, the alleged arsonist was given an ankle monitor. Thanks to this, officers were able to derive the locations he's been to during the time of the fires. However, the lawyers of the accused argued that the case presented by the prosecution was circumstantial at best, and further pointed at the fact that the firefighter would never do such a thing as he himself had been battling the bushfires raging in Australia. Additionally, they stated that the man did not fit the lone profile of an arsonist, as the accused has a job as a mechanic and is also involved in a relationship, according to NT News.
That should be a death penalty offense....look at what died...people and an astronomical amount of animal life.— prettyinpink (@VerstraetB) January 8, 2020
These arguments weren't enough for him to be granted bail and on Wednesday, when a judge declined his application after going through 33 pages of alleged facts compiled from the data collected by his tracking device. Currently, the man remains in custody and is due to reappear in court in February. This news comes as a shock to people as the country has been devastated by the raging bushfire. The fire has already claimed the lives of 26 people and millions of animals. It has destroyed their habitat and heartbreaking continues to do so. Reports state that about 2,000 houses have been lost to the blaze which has been considered one of the worst bushfire seasons ever.
The cloud of smoke caused by raging bushfires in Australia has been spotted more than 12,000 kilometers (7,400 miles) away in Chile and Argentina, weather authorities in the South American countries said https://t.co/Jh3r1yIbTu— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 6, 2020
While brave firefighters are battling to control the damage caused by the flames, there are many people who are contributing to this destruction. As per a report by Daily Mail, over 180 people have been arrested in the past few months for deliberately lighting fires ever since the country's bushfire season began in September. A total of 101 arrests were made in Queensland, 43 in Victoria, and 24 in New South Wales, for the same, reports The Sun. In addition to this, another five people have been taken into custody in Tasmania, and 10 in South Australia. Apparently, lighting a bushfire deliberately carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.