Man douses his own house in petrol

A man who doused his house and car in petrol before threatening to set them alight has been fined $1000.

Brendan Morton, of Melton, appeared in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate Court on Friday (November 6) after the incident occurred on December 23 of last year.

The 29-year-old arrived home from a work-break up when he began walking around, yelling and throwing things, the court heard.

Morton’s long-term partner observed him pouring petrol onto the doors and windows of both the house and car before allegedly asking his friend for a lighter and stating that he would burn down the house.

Police were called to the scene, where they could smell a strong petrol odour. The accused was arrested and a recorded interview was undertaken at the Melton Police Station.

Morton’s defence counsellor said that her client, who worked in the tiling industry, admitted to the allegations on the first opportunity, adding that his outburst was the result of ongoing money issues with his employer.

She said he had been drinking all day and was deeply ashamed of his actions, which he believed were very out of character.

Magistrate Capell noted Morton’s previous priors, which included driving under the influence and driving out of control in 2012.

He said there was obviously one common factor involved in his offending – and that was alcohol.

“You are getting to old for this. If you continue to drink in excess you will do something that you will regret,” he said.

Magistrate Capell commended Morton for his cooperation with the police and fined him $1000 with conviction.

First appeared in The Moorabool News.

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