Accused arsonist angry at girlfriend's rejection

A 39-year-old man accused of lighting a bushfire that killed at least 21 people in Victoria had recently been rejected by a girlfriend, according to his MySpace internet page.

Brendan Sokaluk was also preoccupied with falling in love and getting married.

The fire he is charged over, in the Gippsland town at Churchill in the southeast of the state, burnt out more than 30,000 hectares and killed 21 people.

Sokaluk lived in Churchill, was once a volunteer in a CFA brigade that fought that fire and once worked as a gardener at a university.

On the website's homepage, he attacks a former girlfriend among rants full of spelling mistakes.

"I'm a young happy male who wants to meet a young loven female to marrid," he writes.

"My interest are to enjoy life to the fallest and not with ...... because she r***s behind your back and lies a lot.

"I'd like to meet my sole mate not some old hag.

"Sex sells but love larst for ever."

Sokaluk writes: "l don,t read books because they put me to sleep. my heroe is mother earth with out her we all would be dead."

Sokaluk was remanded in custody on Monday to appear at a committal mention on May 26.

He has been charged with one count of arson causing death, one count of intentionally lighting a bushfire and one count of possessing child pornography.

The arson and bushfires charges carry a maximum penalty of 40 years' jail.

When police confronted him in a public place, the alleged arsonist "went without a fight", they said.

He was transferred to Melbourne for his own safety due to public outrage in the Gippsland region over the deadly bushfires.

He did not appear at today's hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

Sokaluk was remanded in custody to appear at a committal mention on May 25.

Sokaluk logged on to another social networking website, myYearbook, last Wednesday, four days after the hellfire on Saturday, February 7.

He was arrested two days later on Friday.

He describes his mood as "dirty" because "no one love (sic) him".

His quote is "looken for a young wife to shear my wealf with her".

He received Valentine's Day greetings from half a dozen women on the site.

An order remains in place preventing media from publishing Sokaluk's street address or his image.

Over 180 people were killed and 1800 homes destroyed after some 400 blazes tore across Victoria - making it the country's worst ever wildfire disaster.


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