The Sunday Herald Sun
Arson attack on DNA man
By: CARLY CRAWFORD
THE first man in Australia to successfully sue for paternity fraud is living in fear after arsonists attacked his car.
Liam Magill's Mitsubishi Magna was burnt and vandalised outside a Box Hill home last weekend in an act of vandalism that has baffled police and frightened his loved ones.
"We don't get much sleep any more -- I'm up after every little bump I hear,'' he said.
The decision was hailed as an Australian legal precedent but his former wife has lodged an appeal which is due to be heard in the Supreme Court this year. Mr Magill claimed the damage to his car, which happened late last Saturday, was the latest in a string of attacks designed to intimidate him.
"It's probably a scare tactic -- someone trying to scare me out of defending the appeal,'' he said.
"We're struggling to fund it as it is -- this is the last thing we need.''
Senior Detective Chris Henderson, of the Box Hill Criminal Investigation Unit, said the vandals attacked the
car on three separate occasions on the night of Saturday, March 13.
Four hours later, they returned with an unknown accelerant and set the car alight.
Senior Det Henderson said the court appeal appeared to be the only significant factor in the investigation. He
said the circumstances suggested the attack was not opportunistic -
But the true motive remained unclear. "I don't know what benefit someone could gain by doing this, even if it was related to the case.''
The attacks happened near a park in Box Hill North, and a witness saw a white sedan leaving the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1-800-333-000.