Man extradited to face jumping castle arson charges

Man extradited to face jumping castle arson charges

October 8, 2020

A man has been extradited from Western Australia after failing to appear in court in relation to a series of arson attacks involving jumping castles.

The man was charged in 2017 with eight counts of arson and three counts of attempted arson as part of an investigation into a series of fires involving jumping castles, temporary inflatable structures typically rented for functions and used for recreational purposes.

A jumping castle.

The man has been wanted in Victoria since 2018 after he failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The 55-year-old was arrested in Perth in August by West Australian and Australian Federal Police as part of a separate investigation.

Police had previously tried and failed in a number of public appeals to locate the man.

He was expected to face Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday evening upon his return to Victoria.

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