How respected pharmacist and community leader ‘set fire to house with two women inside’ – just hours after being RELEASED on separate domestic violence charges
- Curtis Mickan, 34, did not apply for bail when he appeared in court on Monday
- He is charged with two counts of attempted murder and other offences
- Mickan is known as a pharmacist in regional Murgon, three hours from Brisbane
- Emergency services were called to a fire in Wooloowin, Brisbane, on Sunday
- Two women in the house at the time of the fire escaped without injury
The man who appeared in court this morning charged in relation to a house fire in a Brisbane suburb on the weekend is a local Amcal pharmacist who was also president of a not-for-profit community centre.
Curtis Mickan, 34, appeared in Brisbane Magistrate’s Court charged with offences including two counts of attempted murder and contravention of a police protection notice.
Emergency services were called to the Eveleigh Street home in the suburb of Wooloowin early on Sunday morning following reports of a house fire.
Curtis Mickan, 34, is listed as the pharmacist at Amcal+ in Murgon, three hours from Brisbane
The house on Eveleigh St, Wooloowin was reported to be alight at 6.15am Sunday morning
Two women inside the house when it was discovered alight managed to escape uninjured
Two women in the house at the time of the fire escaped without injury.
Police had been called to the house at 11pm the previous night after a disturbance and a man was taken into custody. He was charged with a number of domestic violence offences, including assault occasioning bodily harm, common assault and wilful damage.
He was released early on Sunday morning subject to a number of bail conditions, including not to visit the Wooloowin address.
The fire at the house was then reported at 6.15am.
Mickan appeared in the press when he took over the Amcal+ pharmacy in his home town of Murgon in regional Queensland in 2019.
‘We are committed to providing outstanding healthcare services to every customer and patient who walks through our doors,’ he said at the time.
He remains listed as the pharmacist on the pharmacy’s Facebook page.
Mickan also appears in photos as president of Graham House, a not-for-profit community centre in Murgon providing assistance to people in the South Burnett region.
He appeared in photos with state MPs and other dignitaries celebrating the centre’s 30th anniversary in 2019.
Mickan appeared at a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of Graham House in Murgon
In a 2019 interview for Tradies Health Month, Mickan discussed men’s mental health as a sponsor of a free breakfast for tradies in Murgon.
‘We need to start more conversations about mental health especially,’ Mickan said.
‘It seems most tradies are young to middle-aged men and that’s the age group around the South Burnett that seems to really struggle with mental health and suicide.
‘I think it’s really important we chat about the early warning signs for mental health with the tradies especially.
‘Because you’ve got to be able to spot when your mate or work colleague isn’t themselves or not doing OK.’
Mickan did not appear as the charges were mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
Lawyer Tam Elabbasi did not apply bail for Mickan, who was remanded in custody for mention in Brisbane Magistrates Court on June 14.
Outside court, Mr Elabbasi said it was an ‘unfortunate incident’.
‘It’s going to take some time. It’s a totally unfortunate set of circumstances,’ Mr Elabbasi said.
‘There’s been some damage. Somebody has lost everything. It’s terrible.’