Media kept out of court case for alleged teen arsonist

THE media has been denied court access to report on the court appearance of a 13-year-old boy charged with arson following a massive fire in Mackay on Saturday.

The Daily Mercury was denied its application today to sit in on a children's court matter.

It will be alleged around 11.45am, a blaze started within a business in the shopping complex on the corner of Phillip Street and Mackay-Bucasia Road.

Three businesses were significantly damaged as a result of the fire.

The boy will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act 1992.

He was expected to face court on Monday.

Three other youths who were taken into custody for questioning following the fire have since been released.

Shop fronts for Toys'R'Us, Autobarn and Clark Rubber were totally engulfed by flames.

Police declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act.



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