Brandon Ray Hall pleads guilty over causing March's bushfire in Picton

Brandon Ray Hall has pleaded guilty to causing a fire which burnt around 168 hectares of land in March, 2018.

On March 10, the 23-year-old was in Picton when he flicked cigarette butt into a scrub.

This started a small fire and Hall’s attempt to extinguish it failed and the fire grew out of control.

While in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday April 12, Hall also pleaded guilty for causing a disorderly incident while in a police station lock-up.

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Police Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Phelps told the court Hall complained of a fit while in a cell. 

As officers entered the cell, Hall threw a plate of food around the room. 

Hall was then restrained and placed in a padded cell. 

The defence requested for financial penalty over the incident. Hall was fined $1200.

Magistrate Brian Mahon informed Hall that the maximum penalty for causing trouble in a police station or lock-up was a $6000 fine. 

The sentencing date for the ignition charge was fast tracked to August 27 and Hall’s bail was renewed. 

Pre-sentence and psychological reports will be prepared prior to sentencing.