Charges After Qld Man Allegedly Set Alight At His Home
A man posing as a police officer and a teenage boy who allegedly set another man and his north Queensland home on fire have been charged with attempted murder.
The 42-year-old was found near a duplex in Mackay with serious but non-life threatening burns to his upper body and facial injuries after 11.30pm on Wednesday.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said the teen and a 47-year-old Midge Point man posing as a police officer had gone to the man's home seeking retribution over a matter previously investigated by police.
Once inside he poured liquid over the alleged victim and set him on fire before fleeing the scene and dumping his clothing in a nearby bin.
"It shows the extent of their intent and planning to ... come down, commit the offences and then have the peace of mind to change and dispose of the clothing they were wearing in an effort to disguise their involvement," Det Insp Smith said.
The incident was sparked by false accusations against the man involving children, Det Insp Smith said, but he declined to comment further on the matter.
"The rumour mill went crazy and these people took it upon themselves to take action," he said.
"Police had already investigated the matter, resolved the issue, people had been advised of the results and they weren't happy with that and they've taken it upon themselves."
The man is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday on a string of offences including attempted murder, while the teen has been charged with attempted murder, arson and assault occasioning bodily harm.
A woman is also being questioned by police.