Suspicious house fire on Fisher St, Bucasia
Suspicious house fire on Fisher St, Bucasia Stuart Quinn

Man allegedly set alight due to 'Chinese whispers'

A MAN has been set alight in his Bucasia home because "the rumour mill went crazy", Mackay Police have alleged. 

A 42-year-old Bucasia man is recovering in hospital after receiving burns to his legs, chest, and arms. 

Police will allege a 47-year-old Midge Point man went to the Fisher St home, impersonating a police officer, about 11.40pm last night to speak with the resident. 

The man then allegedly doused the 42-year-old man with an unknown fuel and set him on fire. 

It is alleged he also had a 16-year-old accomplice who remained in the car. 

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said police have had to deal with a "complex investigation". 

"It (allegedly) came about due to some false allegations," he said. 

"These people (allegedly took it upon themselves to act in a vigilante type manner to take their own retribution.

"The rumour mill went crazy and these people took it upon itself to take action. 

"I can't think of a more dangerous thing for anyone to do."

Det Insp Smith said police had already investigated the matter, resolved the issue, found the claims made against the 42-year-old man to be unfounded and had informed those parties that had made the claims. 

"And they weren't happy with that and now there are serious consequence," he said. 

A 47-year-old man will face Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon charged with attempted murder and impersonating a police officer. 

A 16-year-old boy has also been charged with attempted murder. 

A woman is assisting police with their investigation. 


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