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Teenage firebugs granted bail

Posted by: 2UE | 9 January, 2013 - 9:46 AM
Fire and Rescue is on the scene at Eastgardens Shopping Centre

Authorities have lashed out at bail being granted to three Sydney teenagers, charged with deliberately lighting a bushfire in Shalvey.

It took fire crews more than two and a half hours to bring the blaze under control in the extreme conditions - only just managing to stop it damaging property.

Premier Barry O'Farrell says he's frustrated at the decision, suggesting a short stint in detention may have driven home the seriousness of the offence.

Stuart Bocking with Detective Inspector Dave Goddard of Mount Druitt LAC on the charges.

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John Stanley discusses whether the severe fire conditions and extensive coverage of bushfires would have encouraged firebugs to start more fires.

A psychologist says it's impossible to know why three Sydney teenagers accused of deliberately starting a bushfire at Shalvey would've done it.

The boys aged just 14-and 15 were arrested near the scene - as the blaze burnt through ten-hectares and threatened homes in yesterday's extreme conditions.

Professor James Ogloff from Monash University says there are different motivations for fire bugs.


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Blog comments Your Say

  • Yes, It never ceases to amaze me at the abjectly stupid damned decisions made by what we call our judiciary. I see them as a bunch of incompetent damned fools - fools whom I would not feed. It is time for a thorough overhaul of this inward looking, wanking, stupid, self serving damned bureaucracy which I hate, hate with a vengeance.!!!! So there.

    Justin Friday 11 January, 2013 - 6:35 PM
  • The out of touch loony judiciary strikes again!

    Peter Thursday 10 January, 2013 - 8:21 AM

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