Accused Berowra fire-starter in court

By: Daniel Sutton

Published: 14 September 2017

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A man accused of lighting fires in bushland in Sydney's north - including during a total fire ban - has faced court.

Craig Edward Flowers is accused of lighting three fires on August 24, September 5 and September 13 in the Berowra area.
 
The 50 year old faced Hornsby Local Court this morning, charged with three counts of lighting a fire and being reckless to its spread and possessing articles to destroy another's property.
 
His solicitor told the court he has "serious concerns about his fitness to plead", given his "long, diagnosed history of chronic schizophrenia."
 
Flowers, who legally changed his surname from Plowers, was arrested by investigators on the Berowra track yesterday morning, moments after they noticed a small fire burning in the area. A total fire ban was in force at the time.
 
He was allegedly found in possession of a lighter.
 
The September 5 fire burnt out a small area of bushland beside the Pacific Highway at Berowra.
 
Flowers, of no fixed address, but originally from Bellingen area, was ordered to undergo a mental health assessment at Hornsby Hospital.