News

Fourth of school fire criminals sent to jail

TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION: This mobile dental van was torched in a Gatton crime spree.
TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION: This mobile dental van was torched in a Gatton crime spree. FILE

A TEENAGER has been jailed for his part in the arson of a Gatton State School block and dental van.

Zachary Dean Clark, 19, was found guilty by a jury of two counts of arson and two counts of wilful damage. He pleaded guilty to a third charge of wilful damage and two of burglary.

Clark was sentenced to three years jail. He will be released on parole on June 26 next year.

On October 30, 2012, Clark was drinking with three other men in Gatton: BJ Alan Denton, Corey Andrew McCutcheon and Christopher Bernard Walker.

Drunk, and high on drugs, they were kicked out of Gatton McDonald's. Clark pointed out the car of the assistant manager, who had kicked them out, and Walker and McCutcheon smashed the vehicle.

They fled the carpark and jumped the school fence where Clark and McCutcheon broke into a classroom, stealing a number of laptops.

Clark hid the computers in a tree on the school oval. When he returned, the others were trying to break into a dental van.

After the four rummaged through it, stealing equipment, McCutcheon said they'd left too much DNA inside and suggested they burn the van down.

He testified only Denton had been against starting the fire and the other three "carried" him into it.

McCutcheon started a fire while Walker brought paper from a nearby bin. Outside Denton and Clark played with a fire extinguisher. While it was suggested to the jury Clark and Denton were trying to put the fire out with the extinguisher, prosecutor Matthew Le Grand said they were spraying it with "no purpose".

The fire spread from the van and burnt the school block it was next to.

The four ended up outside the Gatton fire station where they sat and laughed at what they'd done.

Walker pulled out a number of scissors and began throwing them at a volunteer firefighter's car. When he kept missing, the others laughed at him until he got up and stabbed and scratched the vehicle.

The other three have already been sentenced, with only Denton not serving time behind bars.

Topics:  arson



Three ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Ipswich

PROST: Oktoberfest is celebrated world-wide and this year Ipswich is getting on board.

Head out or make your own fun this month

Workplace horror: Doctors use toe to replace crushed thumb

Dean Reid lost his ring fingers on both hands and his right thumb when industrial rollers he was working with closed on him in May last year.

Why National Safe Work Month is so important

Ipswich traffic cops prepared for huge weekend

Senior Sergeant Troy Hamilton is reminding people to drive safely this Christmas period. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

Police out in force as holiday makers come home

Local Partners

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E3: Who's Gonna Take The Weight

Mahershala Ali in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E2: Code of the Streets review

Simone Missick and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets