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Brisbane pharmacist was on bail when he set fire to partner's house, court told


A Queensland pharmacist accused of trying to kill two women by setting a north Brisbane home alight was already on bail after allegedly assaulting one of the women, his partner, a court has heard.

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Curtis Shea Mickan, 34, allegedly torched the downstairs section of the Wooloowin home, where he lived, in the early hours of Sunday morning, while his partner and her mother slept upstairs.

The high-set house was destroyed but the woman and her mother managed to escape unharmed.

Mickan handed himself in to police in nearby Hendra later that morning, before he was charged with two counts of attempted murder and arson, and breaching a police notice.

Mickan  was also charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, common assault and wilful damage offences in relation to the earlier alleged assault, after which he was released on strict bail conditions.

Emergency services were called to the Eveleigh Street home in the suburb of Wooloowin early on Sunday morning following reports of a house fire.

Mickan did not appear as the charges were mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

Lawyer Tam Elabbasi did not apply for bail for Mickan, who was remanded in custody for mention in Brisbane Magistrates Court on June 14.

Outside court, Elabbasi said it was an “unfortunate incident”.

“It’s going to take some time. It’s a totally unfortunate set of circumstances,” Elabbasi said.

“There’s been some damage. Somebody has lost everything. It’s terrible.”


In the Brisbane Magistrates court this morning, Mr Mickan did not appear during a brief hearing, and did not apply for bail.

Outside court, his lawyer Tam Elabbasi said it was “a totally unfortunate set of circumstances”.

“Somebody has lost everything – it’s terrible.

“We just need to go through the process.”

The matter will return to court next month.

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