Craig Talman Lambkin granted bail again after being found outside the house alone

OUT: Accused arsonist Craig Tamlan Lambkin has been granted bail again.
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A MAN accused of setting four bushfires that threatened properties and forced evacuations at Kurri Kurri on two of the hottest days of 2017 has again been granted bail, this time after breaching a condition banning him from leaving the house alone.

Craig Talman Lambkin,27, of Singleton, appeared in handcuffs in Newcastle District Court on Thursday after being arrested by police for breaching his bail the day before.Craig Lambkin and his older brother, retained NSW Fire and Rescuefirefighter Joshua Lambkin, 29, of Weston, have both pleaded not guilty to lighting four fires at Kurri Kurri, Loxford and Chinaman’s Hollow during a 40-degree heatwave on January 18 and January 24 last year.

The pair will face an estimated four-week trial in Newcastle District Court starting in March, 2019,during which the prosecution will allege they were engaged in a joint criminal enterprise to set the fires.

Initially refused bail after his arrest, Craig Lambkin was granted Supreme Court bail in March last year.

The conditions of his bail include reporting to police and not leavingthe house unless in the company of certain people, mostlyclose family members.

But police said they found Craig Lambkin alone inBurdekin Park at Singleton about 3.45pm on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the DPP made a detention application to have Craig Lambkin locked up until his trial and the court heard it was not the first time police had spotted himoutside the house alone.

Nonetheless, Judge Roy Ellis denied the DPP detention application and granted Craig Lambkin bail, noting the breaches were minor.

“These are not breaches which of themselves raise concerns that he was engaging in conduct such as setting fires anywhere,” Judge Ellis said.

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