Brierfield man extradited from Queensland to face arson charges

The Brierfield house was burnt to the ground in December last year.A Brierfield man will appear in court on Saturday after being extradited from Queensland following an alleged arson attack on a house near Bellingen last year.

About 10.30pm on Thursday, December 29, 2011, police and other emergency services attended a house on Rigney Road, Brierfield, following reports of a house fire.

Fire and Rescue NSW extinguished the fire, which destroyed the house.

A 49-year-old man suffered burns to his hands during the blaze.

Strike Force Exhibition, consisting of Coffs Harbour Detectives, was established to investigate the incident which was believed to be deliberately lit.

On Thursday, May 17, police charged an 18-year-old man and issued a 17-year-old boy with a court attendance notice for aggravated break, enter and commit serious indictable offence (arson).

About 2pm on Wednesday (June 27), Queensland police arrested a 47-year-old man and took him to Mackay Watchhouse.

He appeared at Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday, June 28) where an extradition order was granted.

It is anticipated he will be taken to Tweed Heads Police Station today (Friday, June 28), where he will be charged with accessory before the fact to aggravated break, enter and commit serious indictable offence in company (arson), cultivate prohibited plant, supply prohibited drug and contravene an apprehended violence order.

He is expected to be refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow (Saturday, June 30).

Police will allege the man, believed to be from Brierfield, recruited the two younger males to start the fire at a house as part of an ongoing neighbour dispute.

They will also allege that during the investigation they gathered information that he was involved in the sale and cultivation of prohibited drugs.

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