Firebug appeal lost

GRAHAM KILGARIFF says he didn’t pour petrol over the veranda of a Murwillumbah house.

He says he didn’t try to light that petrol, which would have turned the house into an inferno.

Appealing his conviction and maximum 12-month prison term, handed down in the Tweed Heads Local Court for maliciously damaging a property by fire, Kilgariff, 67, of Murwillumbah, suggested police might have been better off charging him with something else.

Kilgariff, who denies even being at the house the night petrol was poured over the veranda, told the Lismore District Court there was no evidence he had attempted to light the petrol.

However, testimony from the home’s resident, given in the Local Court hearing, claimed Kilgariff, also known as Graham Patrick Abbott, was seen – and recognised – crouched near the veranda ‘creating a wind-break’ as he tried to ignite a lighter or matches. When Kilgariff was picked up by police, he was carrying a box of matches and his shoes smelled of petrol.

Judge James Black dismissed the appeal.



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