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Vic man burned 'secret society' house

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 Jacqueline Le

A Victorian man who lit a fire at his home before dropping his kids off at school thought the rented property was linked to a secret society, pedophiles, and a bikie gang.

Travis Kinseley, 34, pleaded guilty to arson over the fire that destroyed his rented Sailors Hill home in November last year.

Victorian County Court judge Sue Pullen on Wednesday jailed the former abattoir worker for four years and six months, with a non-parole period of two years and four months.

Kinseley told police he started the fire because he believed it was a former bikie stronghold used by pedophiles and an Illuminati meeting place, said Judge Sue Pullen.

"You considered burning the house over a period of three months," she said.

A psychological report later found Kinseley was suffering from a chronic psychotic disorder as a result of substance abuse linked to alcohol and ice.

Kinseley's landlord, who lived nearby, spotted smoke and flames coming out of his rented property on November 12, 2015.

CFA put out the blaze but the home was completely destroyed. Arson investigators said the fire was suspicious because of two concentrated burn spots in the lounge room.

Kinseley presented himself at the local police station on the same day to report the blaze.

He initially told police he had dropped his kids at school, gone shopping in Ballarat and come home to discover the blaze but panicked because he was a convicted arsonist.

Kinseley was convicted in 2006 of arson after entering a Daylesford bakery in 2004, stealing bags of coins, and lighting a fire.

He was sentenced to a minimum of two years and six months over the bakery fire, but this was reduced to 18 months on appeal.

After splashing petrol around and lighting the fire at his home in November, Kinseley hung around to see what was happening.

"I checked up on it and it wasn't going," he told police.

"I then took the children to school."

Kinseley also told officers "things have happened in that house" and said a lot of people would probably be happy the house was gone.

He later expressed remorse at causing a loss to his landlords, a retired couple.

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