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Man accused of stabbing himself and setting his eatery on fire allegedly motivated by financial gain

Man who ‘stabbed himself, killed his dog and set his restaurant on FIRE’ was allegedly motivated by financial gain – as his VERY telling final Facebook post is revealed

  • Angelo Ziotas, 37, accused of staging an arson attack on Surry Hills restaurant
  • He is alleged to have stabbed himself and burned down Essenza Italian Kitchen 
  • Passersby rescued Ziotas and saved him from burning building on July 4
  • Ziotas was denied bail on Saturday and will return to court on Tuesday 

A restaurateur accused of stabbing himself, killing his dog and setting his Italian eatery on fire was allegedly motivated by financial gain. 

Angelo Ziotas, 37, was rescued from burning Essenza Italian in Surry Hills, Sydney’s inner-city, about 11am on July 4. 

A nearby delivery driver heard Ziotas screaming and climbed to the top floor of the building to save him from the blaze.  

The restaurant managers’s 18-month-old kelpie Lexie suffocated in the blaze and could not be saved, despite being rushed to a nearby veterinary practice.

 

A restaurateur accused of stabbing himself, killing his dog and setting his Italian eatery on fire was allegedly motivated by financial gain

Angelo Ziotas, 37, was rescued from his burning Essenza Italian restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney's inner-city, about 11am on July 4

Angelo Ziotas, 37, was rescued from his burning Essenza Italian restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney’s inner-city, about 11am on July 4

Ziotas was taken to hospital and police began to investigate an alleged arson and attempted murder. 

On July 9, Ziotas shared a link on Facebook to crowdfunding site GoFundMe which claimed ‘to support Essenza Surry Hills’.  

Ziotas was arrested and charged on Friday after police found holes in his original story.  

The two stab wounds in Ziotas’s back were self-inflicted, prosecutor Ernest Chan told Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday. 

The court was told Ziotas’s yarn claimed he was alone in the residence above the restaurant when an intruder came up behind him and asked: ‘Do you like to burn?’

Ziotas further claimed he was stabbed twice, passed out and awoke to the property ablaze.

But footprints in the restaurant, the way the fire was started, the way clothing was discarded and the significant amount of CCTV made for a strong case that Ziotas was behind it all, Mr Chan said.

Magistrate Paul Mulroney refused to release Ziotas on bail, rejecting an argument from his lawyer that jail wasn’t a certainty.

On July 9, Ziotas shared a link on Facebook to crowdfunding site GoFundMe which claimed 'to support Essenza Surry Hills'

On July 9, Ziotas shared a link on Facebook to crowdfunding site GoFundMe which claimed ‘to support Essenza Surry Hills’

Ziotas was arrested and charged on Friday after police found holes in his original story

Ziotas was arrested and charged on Friday after police found holes in his original story

A nearby delivery driver heard Ziotas screaming and climbed to the top floor of the building to save him from the blaze. Pictured: Essenza Italian restaurant

A nearby delivery driver heard Ziotas screaming and climbed to the top floor of the building to save him from the blaze. Pictured: Essenza Italian restaurant

‘On the facts before me, it is an extremely strong prosecution case,’ Mr Mulroney said

‘A full-time custodial penalty is nigh on inevitable (if he is convicted).’

Setting a building on fire posed a great risk to the general community and the people who respond to the fire, Mr Mulroney said.

‘If Mr Ziotas is in such a position to be motivated (to do this), the real risk is that he has the motivation to commit further serious offences.’

Police alleged Ziotas started the fire for financial gain.  

Ziotas sat quietly in handcuffs as he appeared via video link from Sydney Police Centre.

Ziotas was denied bail and is due to appear in Central Local Court on Tuesday.

Pictured: Emergency crews respond to the blaze at the Surry Hills restaurant on July 4

Pictured: Emergency crews respond to the blaze at the Surry Hills restaurant on July 4

The two stab wounds in Ziotas's back were self-inflicted, prosecutor Ernest Chan told Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday. Pictured: Ziotas is treated by paramedics

The two stab wounds in Ziotas’s back were self-inflicted, prosecutor Ernest Chan told Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday. Pictured: Ziotas is treated by paramedics

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