Man Faces Court on Arson Charges for Petrie Businesses Fire

A 35-year-old man has appeared in court for the first time, facing arson charges related to a fire that severely damaged 10 businesses in Petrie in early May.

Brenton Travis Sinn attended the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court via videolink on Thursday, June 6, 2024, after being deported from Sydney. He is charged with arson, entering premises with intent, and attempting to enter premises with intent.

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According to police allegations, Sinn entered a business complex at the Beeville and French intersection around 12:20 AM on May 6. He is accused of starting a fire before fleeing the scene. The blaze caused significant damage to several businesses, including Bazza’s Bakehouse, French’s Forest IGA, and a seafood takeaway shop.

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Sinn’s lawyer, Andrew Stewart, requested a brief of evidence regarding the arson charge. The court was informed that Sinn had submitted a Legal Aid application, and no bail application was made.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy ordered the brief of evidence for the arson charge to be provided by July 19. She adjourned the case to August 5 for a committal mention at the Pine Rivers Magistrate Court. Sinn was remanded in custody.

Court documents reveal additional allegations against Sinn, including two incidents of leaving service stations without paying for fuel – one in Kallangur in May and another in Nambour on April 30. He is also accused of unlawfully using a motor vehicle between May 5-10 in Sunrise Beach and on April 28 in Maroochydore.

Published 6-June-2024