Monday, February 16, 2009

Brendan Sokaluk, accused Aussie fire starter, was a failed fire fighter

Brendan Sokaluk, the man charged with starting the fire that killed at least 21 people in Gippsland, Australia was turned down as a volunteer member of a country fire brigade, whose members cheated death fighting the bushfire.

There was a court ban stopping anyone reporting on who he is or even hinting at his identity, but he was named in the weekend. on this blog. His image is still suppressed.

Sokaluk is facing charges of arson causing death, of intentionally starting a bushfire, and of possessing child pornography. He had a MySpace page with Kevin Rudd as a friend. On the site which has been cancelled, he says that he had a “ failed relationship with someone called Alexandra which resulted in a profile comment of “my interest are to enjoy life to the fallest [sic] and not with alexandra because she roots behind your back and lies a lot. Writing about himself he says: 'I'm a young happy male who wants to meet a young loven female to marrid.'

As to who he would like to meet, he writes: 'Like to meet my sole mate not some old hag.'

However, remember, he is at present, innocent. I wonder if he`ll get a fair trial?




Anonymous said...

Dear Sir / Ma'am,

I am one of the lead investigators in relation to a large bushfire which occurred in the Churchill area of Victoria, Australia on the 7th of February, 2009. As a result of our investigation, we have charged Brendan SOKALUK with 10 counts of 'Arson Causing Death' - which carries a penalty of 25 years per charge.

After being charged, SOKALUK's lawyers successfully applied for a Suppression Order which is still in place, which bans the publication of his image and his address. His name can be published.

It has come to my attention that there is currently an image on your web-site of Brendan SOKALUK at the following location:

I would ask that you remove or pixelate the image as a matter of urgency.

If the image is not removed, you / your company may be liable to prosecution in Victoria, Australia for Contempt of Court. Perhaps more importantly, you would be placing at risk the successful prosecution of a man we allege is responsible for the deaths of 10 people.

If I can answer any questions or be of any further assistance, please contact me.

Thanks for your time and your anticipated co-operation in this matter.

Paul Bertoncello
Detective Acting Sergeant 31700
Taskforce Phoenix
Yarra Tower Level 10, 637 Flinders Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
DX: 210 096
Ph: 03 9628 7335 (direct)
03 9628 7300 (Office Reception)
Fax: 03 9628 7343

August 25, 2009 at 11:14 AM  

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