Read all about it - Mechanic who set fire to apprentice as a joke fined


July 2, 2010

TWO days after he started work at a Hallam workshop, an apprentice was lying under a truck when he was sprayed with brake cleaner and set alight by three colleagues.

He rolled over to put out the flames and spent a week in The Alfred hospital with synthetic skin applied to his leg.

A WorkSafe prosecutor told the Ringwood Magistrates Court yesterday that the attack by Matthew Lever, Robin Marshall and Dylan Poulton in January 2008, followed two days of the trio spraying workbenches and themselves with brake cleaner and setting it alight.

She said the three men were told to stop by colleagues and supervisors and were officially warned.

Yesterday, Lever, 23,  was convicted and fined $5000 for his part in the attack. He was also ordered to pay $1000 in costs. It follows the conviction and fine of Poulton and Marshall last year.  More


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