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Man sets himself alight in Brisbane

Tony Keim From: The Courier-Mail June 07, 2010 7:52PM

A MAN is believed to have set himself on fire outside of Brisbane's
iconic Supreme Court complex after an unfavourable family court
decision, according to witnesses at the scene.
The incident happened just after 2pm after the man, believed to be in
his 40s, had been sitting in front of the iconic marble Law Courts
sign for some time.

Witness reported hearing a bang and seeing flames as would-be rescuers
ran to the man's aid.

Emergency workers at the scene say the man is in a critical condition
- with burns to 90 per cent of his body.

Sources investigating the incident said the man had earlier been at
the Federal Courts for family matter and may not have received the
outcome he was after.

Two witnesses, Kylie Pannel and Kylie Beard, who were both close to
tears, said they could not believe what happened just 3m from them.

"He said absolutely nothing,’’ Ms Pannel said. "He was so quiet it
wasn’t funny."

The incident caused inner-city traffic chaos for more than 90 minutes
as up to 15 emergency vehicles crowded into George St to get near the

Police at the scene have declined to comment.

Qld man who set himself on fire dies June 8, 2010

A man who set himself on fire outside the Brisbane Supreme and
District Court complex has died.

The 39-year-old man suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body after
setting himself on fire on Monday.

Paramedics stabilised him before taking him to the Royal Brisbane
Hospital but he died just after midnight, a police spokeswoman told
AAP on Tuesday.