Man high on ice stops trains with 'bizarre' actions

IPSWICH line trains were suspended after a man, who was high on ice, lit a shirt on fire and threw it on the railway track.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Kenneth Mark Fuller pleaded guilty to a public nuisance charge over the incident.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the 29-year-old was at Goodna Station when he committed the offence at 9.15pm on May 29.

Fuller was caught on CCTV, as he pulled a shirt out of his backpack, set it alight and flung it on the track. Police were called to the scene and train services had to be suspended.

About 15 minutes earlier, Fuller had squirted liquid accelerant into bins at the station and set them on fire. He pleaded guilty to an additional charge of wilful damage to railway property.

Defence lawyer Trevor Hoskin said the reason behind Fuller's "bizarre" behaviour that night was that he had taken the drug ice for the first time.

"My client has little recollection of what happened," Mr Hoskin said. "He's obviously learned a lesson, not to ever touch ice again."

Fuller was convicted and fined $500 for both charges.

 


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