Man faces court after Brisbane bus driver burned to death at the wheel

UPDATE 29/10/16 11:51AM | The man accused of setting fire to and killing a Brisbane bus driver faced court on Saturday.

48-year-old Anthony O’Donohue was remanded in custody until late November after being charged with killing Manmeet Alisher at a Moorooka bus stop on Friday.

Lawyer Adam Magill told media outside the courthouse he was worried about his client’s mental health, because of the heinous circumstances of the alleged offence did not “make sense”.


He said his client is “numb, I don’t think he’s feeling anything at this point in time”.

“He’s trying to come to terms with what happened himself.”

UPDATE 29/10/16 9:10AM | A 48-year-old man will face a Brisbane court on Saturday, after he was arrested at the scene of Friday’s deadly bus driver attack.

The Moorooka man was charged with one count each of murder and arson and eleven counts of attempted murder.

UPDATE 28/10/16 11.10am: A bus driver is dead after being doused in petrol and set alight in Brisbane this morning.

Police said just after 9.00am, the bus pulled into the Moorvale shopping centre at Moorooka to pick up several passengers when a man entered the vehicle and began to douse the 29-year-old driver in a flammable liquid.

“One passenger entered the bus and poured flammable liquid on the driver, subsequently the driver was set alight and is now deceased,” Superintendent Jim Keogh said.

“The fire was so rapid the driver stood little chance.”

Superintendent Keogh said the passengers, both on the bus and waiting on the footpath, have been left extremely traumastied by the incident.

Eleven of them were treated at the scene for minor injuries, including smoke inhalation. Six have since been taken to hospital.

Police say at this stage, the attack is believed to be random.

A 48-year-old man is in custody and is assisting police with inquiries.

EARLIER 28/10/16 @ 10.25am: A bus driver has died and several passengers have been injured after a bus erupted into flames in Brisbane this morning.

The incident, believed to be an explosion, occurred on Beaudesert Road at Moorooka just after 9.00am.

Witnesses reported hearing people screaming and banging on the windows as fire engulfed the bus.

Paramedics confirmed 11 passengers escaped the blaze and were treated at the scene for minor injuries, including smoke inhalation.

Tragically, the driver could not be revived, police confirmed.

The road has been blocked with police urging motorists to avoid the area.

Several emergency crews are on scene with investigations into what caused the blaze ongoing.

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