Pharmacist charged over alleged arson attack, DV

A Queensland pharmacist has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly set his partner’s home on fire

Mainstream media have reported on a Queensland pharmacist whose case was mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

Queensland Police said in a statement on Sunday that they had charged a man with attempted murder and multiple domestic violence-related offences following a house fire in Wooloowin that morning.

Police and emergency services were called to an Eveleigh Street house at 6.15am following reports of a house fire.

When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. Two women were in the house at the time of the fire, and escaped without injury.

Around 11.30am a 34-year-old Wooloowin man voluntarily attended Hendra Police Station to assist with investigations.

He has been charged with two counts each of attempted murder and arson (one pertaining to a vehicle, the other to the house) and one count of contravention of a police protection notice. 

He was further charged with one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm, common assault and wilful damage (all domestic violence offences) in relation to earlier incidents at the same address.   

Mainstream media reports have named the man, who is a pharmacist.

He reportedly lived at the house he allegedly set fire to. One of the women was his partner, while the other was a relative of hers.

The domestic violence offences alleged include damaging property and a wall at the house on Saturday.

One outlet reported that when the fire was set, the pharmacist had “only just” been released after an assault on his partner on Saturday, and that he had been given strict conditions to adhere to.

The pharmacist’s lawyer, Tam Elabbasi, is reported to have said that the events of the weekend were “totally unfortunate”.

“There’s been some damage, somebody has lost everything. It’s terrible,” he said outside court.

The pharmacist was not present at court, and Mr Elabbasi said he would not apply for bail.

The matter has been adjourned to June.

Support and counselling is available from:

Pharmacists’ Support Service: PSS is available every day of the year between 8am and 11pm EST on 1300 244 910 or here.

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