Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Youth Helps Light Up Bins

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Youth Helps Light Up Bins

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Byline: Bruce Mckean bruce.mckean@dailymercury.com.au

NICHOLAS Grieves was in a group of five teenagers who set fire to three wheelie bins and damaged bag racks at the Glenmore State School in Rockhampton on May 4 this year.

Three weeks later, the whole school was destroyed by a fire but Grieves and his friends were not responsible for that blaze.

Grieves, a 19-year-old delivery driver, normally lives in Moranbah and was in Rockhampton for a wedding, Crown prosecutor Scott Thackeray told the District Court in Mackay yesterday.

He got extremely intoxicated and was walking with four other people when they went past a caravan park.

He took a gas cylinder, then got three council wheelie bins and lined them up against the bag racks at the school.

One of the group put the gas cylinder in a wheelie bin and another person lit it and they all left.

Apart from the bag racks, there was smoke and water damage to the ceiling and other fixtures. …

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