The suspected arsonist behind one of the fires that killed hundreds in Victoria, Australia has been named.
Brendan Sokaluk, 39 of Churchill was named after a Victorian court lifted a suppression order allowing him to be named by the media.
Sokaluk has been charged with arson causing death, lighting a bushfire and one count of possessing child pornography. The Churchill fire he is alleged to have started burnt out more than 30,000 hectares and killed 21 people.
Sokaluk maintains a MySpace page that given what he has done is spooky.
Sokaluk was clearly bitter on a couple of fronts. A failed relationship with someone called Alexandra resulted in a profile comment of “my interest are to enjoy life to the fallest [sic] and not with alexandra because she roots behind your back and lies a lot.”
The page is scattered with appalling spelling, suggesting that Sokaluk may have been illiterate, or had suffered a learning disability.
In the hero section, Sokaluk writes ” my heroe [sic] is mother earth with out her we all would be dead.”
His MySpace profile also suggests that Sokaluk has an affiliation to a US religious group by the name of “The Truth of God,” a group known to hold extreme views against women clergy and gay people.
Sokaluk worked for his own company, Brendan Scrap Metal Pickup, in Hazelwood, Victoria.
Due to a court suppression order in Victoria that may or may not apply to this site (I’m in Victoria, but the site isn’t hosted in Australia), we’ve decided to go on the side of caution and not publish his picture, or his home address per the restrictions given by the court, however you can view his picture on his MySpace page here.