A MAN allegedly found on top of a flaming car at Tingira Heights on Tuesday has been refused bail after police allegedly found him spray painting the roof.
Caleb O’Neill, 20, was represented by solicitor John Anthony when he appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday charged with arson, assaulting police, resisting arrest, destroying property and obstructing members of the fire brigade.
He applied for bail, but it was refused, with Magistrate Alan Railton noting Mr O’Neil posed an unacceptable risk of committing another serious offence or endangering the community.
The matter was adjourned to May 31.
Police say they were called to bushland off Croudace Road, Tingira Heights about 4pm on Tuesday by Fire and Rescue NSW officers who were attempting to extinguish a fire inside a car.
Police said firefighters were unable to use their hoses at full force due to Mr O’Neill, who was allegedly standing on top of the vehicle spray painting its roof.
Police say they told Mr O’Neill to get off the burning car, but he allegedly declined.
As police approached the 20-year-old he allegedly sprayed the officers with paint and resisted their attempts to pull him to safety, police say.
The officers then used capsicum spray to pull him off the burning vehicle.