Accessory to fire earns time in jail
SHANE Vermuelen of South Grafton was sentenced to two years and 10 months for his involvement in a 2012 fire that destroyed a Coolabah Way home.
On Sunday, January 21, 2012 at 1.42am a single-storey brick-and-tile Department of Housing building was completely destroyed when it was engulfed in flames and it took firefighters two hours to get the fire under control.
No one was at the property when it happened.
After investigation by Grafton detectives, four juveniles were interviewed and underwent youth conferencing for breaking into the property.
Another juvenile was convicted in Grafton Children's Court on April 29, 2013 for aggravated break-and-enter, committing a serious indictable offence and damaging a property by fire.
He was sentenced to nine months probation.
On September 19, Vermuelen, 30, of South Grafton appeared before Coffs Harbour District Court where he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and being an accessory before the fact to damage of property by fire.
He was given a non-parole period of 12 months.