Three charged over boat fires at Gold Coast marina

A major inferno at a Gold Coast marina earlier this month was an insurance job gone wrong Police will allege, after charging three men.

One of those charged is the owner of one of the vessels that was destroyed in the blaze.

The group is accused of throwing petrol onto one of the boats at Hope Harbour Marina on the night of June 2nd, before the blaze quickly spread to surrounding vessels.


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Three boats were destroyed and two others were significantly damaged along with parts of the marina, causing in excess of $1 million worth of damage.

“It will be alleged that there has been some communication between this group and as a result of that, two male persons have attended the marina there and taken steps to set fire to that particular vessel and as a result a number of other vessels have caught fire and have also been destroyed,” Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said.

Police will allege the insurance claim was only $50,000.

“Our investigation suggests it most certainly is an orchestrated act that has resulted in not only the arson of that particular vessel but  the arson and destruction of a number of other vessels that were simply moored next to it in the harbour.”

Detectives have also confirmed they were led to those responsible after one of the men turned up at Ipswich Hospital after the blaze.

“We’ll be alleging that a person sustained burns on the back of their legs and back.

“One of the offenders who was on the vessel that evening, they’ve sought some medical treatment because they were fairly significant burns and the investigation has progressed from there.”

A 33-year-old man from Dugandan has been charged with three counts of arson and one count each of attempted fraud, enter premises with intent to commit an indictable offence and endanger property by fire.

He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on August 26.

Two men aged 21 and 25 years from Fernvale have both been charged with three counts of arson and one count each of enter premises with intent to commit indictable offence and endanger property by fire.

Both men will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on August 10.

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