Mackay police charged the 26-year-old South Mackay man after assistance flowed in from the public.
Mackay police charged the 26-year-old South Mackay man after assistance flowed in from the public. Jorge Branco

Police charge Mackay man over hotel flood on NYE

POLICE have charged a South Mackay man after three floors of a city centre hotel were flooded by wrongfully activated fire hydrant systems during New Year's Eve celebrations.

The bill for the damage to the hotel was about $500,000.

Mackay police Senior Constable Steve Smith said officers "completed their investigation into the alleged serious wilful damage incident to a business”.

The South Mackay man, 26, faces a charge of wilful and unlawful damage to the Macalister Street building "following public assistance and our investigations”.

"We are grateful to members of the public for their assistance into this matter,” Snr Const Smith said.

In late January, Snr Const Smith said the flooding of the building occurred seconds before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Workers from the business found "extensive water damage” to "three separate floor levels”.

Four photographs were released by Mackay police of people thought to be able to "assist with the investigation”.

The South Mackay man was due to face Mackay Magistrates Court on March 11.

Wilful damage can attract a maximum penalty of five years jail in Queensland, and life in particularly serious cases.



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