A Geraldton man accused of lighting two fires at the abandoned Batavia Motor Inn has been remanded in custody after he was arrested last week. Police allege Michael Casey Boddington deliberately lit two fires in dried grass at the front of the property on April 17, with one “rapidly engulfing” a palm tree and threatening power lines. Mr Boddington was arrested the next day after CCTV footage of the incident allegedly identified him. He was charged with wilfully lighting a fire likely to injure or damage, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. However, when due to appear in court on May 6, Mr Boddington failed to appear, leading a magistrate to issue an arrest warrant. In Geraldton Magistrate’s Court last Thursday, Mr Boddington appeared from police custody after he was picked up the day before. Prosecutor Sgt Beau Jones told the court Mr Boddington was seen by police at Batavia Motor Inn and tried to run away. “He was soon located hiding in a wheelie bin at the rear of the units,” he said. Mr Boddington is now facing two new charges of breaching his bail and breaching protective bail conditions after he was banned from setting foot on the grounds of the abandoned hotel. He was remanded in custody by Magistrate Chris Miocevich after defence lawyer Tim Hampson said they needed time to provide legal advice on the charges. He will return to court on July 8.