Man on arson charge

A MAN charged with setting fire to a wheelie bin at the John Dee Warwick abattoir and causing $110,000 worth of damage has appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court.

Wade Joseph Lacey was remanded in custody after his appearance late yesterday afternoon where he faced a number of charges.

Among them was a count of arson, in relation to a fire that was lit at the abattoir premises on Saturday night.

Police allege that Lacey, of no fixed abode, went to the abattoir about 10.30pm on Saturday where he set fire to a wheelie bin sitting outside one of the coldroom buildings.

They further allege that he waited until the fire was well under way and that his actions were captured by a security camera.

He was found by police at a Warwick residence early yesterday morning where he was arrested and taken into custody in the Warwick watchhouse to await his court appearance.

It is also alleged that Lacey is a former employee of the meatworks.

Other charges Lacey is facing include causing wilful damage and traffic offences including driving an uninsured vehicle, driving without a licence, and offences involving alleged misuse of a registration certificate.

He is due to appear in court again shortly.



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