A MAN accused of trying to murder seven people when he drove his prime mover into an Oakhurst home before setting it on fire has been unsuccessful in his bid to have the case heard in a Brisbane court.
Denis Ian Harris, 53, did not appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday where prosecutors successfully had the matter transferred back to Maryborough.
He has been charged with 16 offences, including seven counts of attempted murder and four counts of arson, over the incident near Maryborough in March this year.
A prosecutor said it made sense for the matter to be transferred back to the district where the alleged offences were committed.
"Mr Harris was transferred down to Brisbane to receive treatment on significant injuries he sustained in the incident," he said.
"He was eventually charged with the 16 offences in Brisbane hence why they are being heard in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
"However, all the witnesses and all the people involved with the case live in the region where the alleged offences occurred."
A Legal Aid solicitor, who was appearing on Mr Harris' behalf, said the matter should remain in Brisbane while he is being treated.
"It would be prudent to have the matter remain in Brisbane for the time being," he said.
The court was told the police brief was nearly completed.
Magistrate Linda Bradford-Morgan granted the application and listed the matter for mention in the Maryborough Magistrates Court on July 21.
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