Young offender Kango Naiyap was allegedy caught on camera during a car arson attack
Young offender Kango Naiyap was allegedy caught on camera during a car arson attack

How an alleged arsonist was caught in the act by technology

ALLEGED young arsonist Kango Naiyap will spend Christmas in custody after he was allegedly caught on camera while a car was set alight

Cairns Magistrates Court this week heard Mr Naiyap, 18, had not dealt well with being in custody for alleged property crimes, arson, making threats with a weapon and breaching bail.

"His time in custody has been very difficult as he gets emotional being away from his family," defending solicitor Carly Forsyth said.

"He said he has been assaulted by other inmates."

Mr Naiyap was allegedly involved in an arson attack earlier this month in Yarrabah.

"There are photos of the defendant himself standing next to a vehicle while it was set alight," Police prosecutor Sergeant Andrew Parkinson said.

It is alleged Mr Naiyap also threatened violence, committed willful damage and trespassed at Cairns Central.

While the court heard Mr Naiyap was keen to get on with his life, stop offending and resume his studies, he allegedly had a habit of breaching bail.

"The breach bail report is very unfavourable for Mr Naiyap," Magistrate Scott Luxton said.

"His compliance has been minimal."

Ms Forsyth conceded her client's bail record had been less than stellar.

"For some of the year he has demonstrated an ability to report, on some occasions," Ms Forsyth said.

Mr Luxton remanded Mr Naiyap into custody and adjourned the matter to 2019.

"He has been offered numerous opportunities." Mr Luxton said.