Bail refused after disabled man was set on fire
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Bail refused after disabled man was set on fire

Goran Ristic ran away from a disabled man who had been set on fire for fear of getting burned, a court has heard.

Ristic, 43, was denied bail on Thursday after being charged with three crimes, including attempted murder and extortion, following the alleged April 2022 incident in Brisbane.

After helping a co-defendant threaten the disabled man and sue for several days, the court heard that the couple broke into his Woolloongabba home.

“On the (prosecutor’s) material, you would have sat back and done absolutely nothing to prevent (co-defendant) from setting fire to another human being,” Magistrate Michael Quinn said.

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“The complainant … was at the time … significantly disabled. He was unable … to run or defend himself.”

Ristic ignored pleas for help when the disabled man — on crutches — tried to go to his bathroom to extinguish the flames that had engulfed him, the court was told.

“It is said in the (prosecutors’) material that an eyewitness … has asked you to assist,” Mr. Quinn told Ristic, who appeared in the Magistrates Court via video link.

“You ran away . . . fearing you’d burn yourself if you tried to help.”

The disabled man survived but now requires regular treatment for his burns, prosecutor Ruby McInnes said.

“He can’t live without help now, and that’s why he had to leave his previous home,” she said.

“He has to go to the hospital every other day to have his burns treated, and he is extremely scared.

“This offense is an example of needlessly inflicting extreme violence on a vulnerable complainant in his own home where he has the right to feel safe.”

Ristic had asked for bail to say “goodbye” to his critically ill mother in his home state of Western Australia, his lawyer on duty said.

But the prosecutor opposed bail and gave details about his significant criminal past.

He was under community service at the time of the alleged violations.

Ms. McInnes was also concerned about Ristic’s choice of temporary residence in his bail application.

He had hoped to stay with a woman who had been charged with drug offenses and was friends with the co-defendant who previously lived at the address.

Ristic was unable to return to his former home due to the proximity of witnesses in the case.

Mr. Quinn said Ristic had played a supporting role in the alleged crimes and that the mother’s ill health had caused him “anxious consideration”.

But Ristic will remain behind bars pending a hearing in August after Quinn deemed him an “unacceptable risk” and refused bail.