Evidence provided against Morayfield grandmother

FIRE CASE: An uncle of two boys in a house fire has given evidence in Caboolture Magistrates Court.
FIRE CASE: An uncle of two boys in a house fire has given evidence in Caboolture Magistrates Court. Jorge Branco

THE uncle of two children who were in a Morayfield house fire has told a court he found the "culprit" just days after the blaze.

He testified in Caboolture Magistrates Court that he stepped on a window squeegee, with foam on one side and rubber on the other, doused in fuel.

"I parked the car out the back," he said.

"As I opened the door and hopped out of the car I stood on it."

The uncle said he was confident it smelled of kerosene.

"I'm a motor mechanic, they all have different smells," he said.

The 59-year-old grandmother is charged with attempted murder and attempted arson over the fire on February 27, 2014.

The accused is also charged with interfering with a corpse after two of her other grandsons died in her care at different times.

During the committal hearing, she frequently turned to look back at family members in the court's public gallery and shook her head at witness testimony.

The uncle's partner also was present when the squeegee was found.

"He was walking around the house with his cigarette and came back around with the squidgee," she told the court.

"It smelt like kerosene. I didn't touch it but when you felt it, it was soaked."

The children's auntie had to be stood down after questioning revealed she was under the influence of the drug ice.

She initially said it was "none of your business" when asked what medication she had taken.

Magistrate Melanie Ho directed the witness to answer the question and then stood her down when she admitted it was ice.

The auntie had stated early in her questioning that she had refused to travel to Caboolture Police Station from Browns Plains to provide a statement because she did not like police.

She said she had not bothered reading her statement before she signed it and swore it was true.

"You expect the police officers to be trustworthy to do their job and write down the s*** I say," she said.

Forensic locksmith Kent Lineham told the court there were no faults with the lock on the children's bedroom door and that the mechanical device to open and shut the door had been working normally at the time of the fire.

He also said there was nothing wrong with the door that should have stopped an 11-year-old boy from opening it to escape. The hearing continued yesterday as four more witnesses including fire experts and forensic officers entered the witness box.

Read more in next week's edition of The Caboolture News.

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