Man remains in custody after siege

PROSERPINE siege suspect Tyrel Cameron allegedly punched out a glass window in a police interview room just moments before his court appearance in Mackay yesterday.

Cameron, 31, who was arrested after a four hour siege in Proserpine on Sunday, has appeared in court in Mackay for three days in a row and remains in custody.

Prosecutor sergeant Sabine Scott told the Mackay Magistrate's Court yesterday that "a very short time ago he punched out and destroyed a window in the interview room at the watch house".

"The prosecution still has concerns about his capacity and mental stability." Duty lawyer John Aberdeen said he had a short conference with Cameron on Wednesday afternoon and said he was instructed to ask for bail and that Cameron was prepared to live at an address known to police in Faust St in Proserpine.

Magistrate Ross Risson adjourned the case until 2pm today (Thursday) and Cameron was remanded in custody.

Before he left court Cameron said "why can't I plead guilty, I'd rather just go to jail".

On Tuesday, he wore a t-shirt in court which read: "It's only illegal if you get caught."

Cameron was the subject of a four hour siege on Sunday after he allegedly set fire to his own vehicle while it was being held in a yard near the police residence.

He allegedly then set fire to furniture in the street and threatened to set fire to a drum of petrol in a house in Dobbins Lane.

He was eventually arrested after a police negotiator became involved in the incident late on Sunday.

He was charged with wilfully damaging property, lighting an unauthorised fire, leaving a fire unattended, endangering property by lighting a fire, and obstructing police.


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