An elderly man who was set on fire in his Queensland home has been revealed as a notorious drug lord with links to crooked cops, bikie gangs and a murder cover-up, according to court documents.
Victor William Graveson was doused with petrol and set alight in an alleged attack in Alexandra Hills, east of Brisbane at 9am on Friday.
He ran from his home engulfed with flames before he was seen and aided by shocked onlookers who helped extinguish the fire.
Police have charged David Charles Edgerly, 34, with attempted murder.
He did not appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday and was remanded in custody until he faces court again on Monday.
Graveson was linked to a murder cover-up on a drug farm near Bundaberg in 1993, according to the Courier Mail.
The farm was then raided by police, and they found 200kg of cannabis leaves, 7000 plants and a marijuana crop worth about $20 million were discovered.
Graveson was one of five people arrested after the drug raid.
In 1995, Queensland’s Supreme Court heard that Graveson was a criminal ‘mastermind’, with links to a prostitution ring and outlaw bikie gangs who he supplied drugs to.
Graveson was jailed for 10 years in 1996 for his role in the production of the cannabis crop.
He has also been photographed partying with crooked cops and strippers in the late 1980s and early 90s.
Graveson was imprisoned in 2008 for meth possession.
After he was set on fire, police said the man has burns to 80 per cent of his body suffered during the alleged attack just after 9am at the property on Teesdale Road.
He was rushed to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
The attack allegedly occurred while Graveson was sleeping in his house, south of Brisbane.
‘We’re sure some kind of flammable liquid’s been used — he’s been set alight,’ Inspector Dave Farley said.
‘At this stage we understand there may have been a couple of witnesses but those statements haven’t been obtained at this stage.’
Another man, 34, is assisting police with their investigations after taking himself to hospital also suffering from burns to his arms.
The injuries are minor and he is known to the elderly victim.