POLICE have charged a 39-year-old Gippsland man over the Churchill bushfire, which has killed at least 21 people.
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The man was arrested in his home town yesterday and was charged with arson causing death, intentionally or recklessly causing a bushfire and possessing child pornography.
The charges were laid during a closed session at the Morwell Magistrates Court and he was removed to the Melbourne Custody Centre for his own safety.
Enraged locals pounded the police van carrying the suspect, who cannot be named because of a suppression order, as it departed for Melbourne yesterday.
More… The suspect was arrested for arson AND child porn.