Toowoomba man denies torching Gold Coast home
A TOOWOOMBA man who allegedly torched a Tallai home has claimed he stole property from a car at the scene but denied he lit the blaze.
The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that Ashley Boney, 24, has pleaded not guilty to charges of arson and burglary but has pleaded guilty to the charge of enter premises and steal.
In the first of a four-day trial in the Southport District Court today witnesses gave evidence about the blaze - which destroyed the home on The Panorama in Tallai on November 24 in 2013.
Crown prosecutor Mark Whitbread told the court Boney was found near the scene of the fire with two bags with stolen property from the house.
He said a white cap was found near a small burnt patch of grass on The Panorama - with a witness stating he saw Boney wearing a white hat and red shirt.
Mr Whitbread said the crown case against Boney on the charge of arson was largely circumstantial.
The trial continues today.