Man accused of stabbing himself and set fire to his eatery, allegedly motivated by financial gain

The man who stabbed himself, killed his dog, and set his restaurant to FIRE & # 39; was allegedly motivated by financial gain – as his VERY meaningful latest Facebook post is revealed

  • Angelo Ziotas, 37, accused of organizing a arson attack at restaurant Surry Hills
  • He would have stabbed himself and burned down Essenza Italian Kitchen
  • Passers-by have saved Ziotas and saved him from a burning building on July 4
  • Ziotas was bailed Saturday and returns to court on Tuesday
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A restorer who was accused of stabbing himself, killing his dog and setting his Italian eatery on fire would allegedly be motivated by financial gain.

Angelo Ziotas, 37, was rescued from the burning of Essenza Italian in Surry Hills, downtown Sydney, around 11 am on July 4.

A nearby delivery boy heard Ziotas scream and climbed to the top floor of the building to save him from the fire.

The 18-month-old restaurant manager Kelpie Lexie caught fire and could not be rescued, despite the fact that she had been rushed to a nearby veterinary practice.

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A restorer who was accused of stabbing himself, killing his dog and setting his Italian eatery on fire would allegedly be motivated by financial gain

A restorer who was accused of stabbing himself, killing his dog and setting his Italian eatery on fire would allegedly be motivated by financial gain

Angelo Ziotas, 37, was rescued on July 4 at 11:00 from his burning Italian restaurant Essenza in Surry Hills, downtown Sydney.

Angelo Ziotas, 37, was rescued on July 4 at 11:00 from his burning Italian restaurant Essenza in Surry Hills, downtown Sydney.

Angelo Ziotas, 37, was rescued on July 4 at 11:00 from his burning Italian restaurant Essenza in Surry Hills, downtown Sydney.

Ziotas was taken to the hospital and the police started investigating an alleged arson and tried to kill him.

On July 9, Ziotas shared a link on Facebook to the crowdfunding site GoFundMe that claimed to support & # 39; Essenza Surry Hills & # 39 ;.

Ziotas was arrested and charged on Friday after the police found holes in his original story.

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The two stab wounds in Ziotas & # 39; back were self-inflicted, prosecutor Ernest Chan said to Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

The court was told that Ziotas & # 39; yarn claimed he was alone in the home above the restaurant when an intruder came behind him and asked: & # 39; Do you like burning? & # 39;

Ziotas further claimed that he was stabbed twice, fainted, and woke up when the building was on fire.

But footprints in the restaurant, the way the fire started, the way clothing was thrown away and the considerable amount of CCTV caused a strong case that Ziotas was behind it, Mr. Chan said.

Magistrate Paul Mulroney refused to release Ziotas on bail and referred an argument from his lawyer that imprisonment was not a certainty.

On July 9, Ziotas shared a link on Facebook to crowdfunding site GoFundMe that claimed to support & # 39; Essenza Surry Hills & # 39;
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On July 9, Ziotas shared a link on Facebook to crowdfunding site GoFundMe that claimed to support & # 39; Essenza Surry Hills & # 39;

On July 9, Ziotas shared a link on Facebook to crowdfunding site GoFundMe that claimed to support & # 39; Essenza Surry Hills & # 39;

Ziotas was arrested and charged on Friday after the police found holes in his original story

Ziotas was arrested and charged on Friday after the police found holes in his original story

Ziotas was arrested and charged on Friday after the police found holes in his original story

A nearby delivery boy heard Ziotas scream and climbed to the top floor of the building to save him from the fire. Pictured: Essenza Italian restaurant

A nearby delivery boy heard Ziotas scream and climbed to the top floor of the building to save him from the fire. Pictured: Essenza Italian restaurant

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A nearby delivery boy heard Ziotas scream and climbed to the top floor of the building to save him from the fire. Pictured: Essenza Italian restaurant

& # 39; About the facts before me, it is an extremely strong lawsuit & # 39 ;, said Mr. Mulroney

& # 39; A full-time custodial sentence is almost inevitable (if convicted). & # 39;

Burning a building was a major risk to the general community and the people who responded to the fire, Mr. Mulroney said.

& # 39; If Mr. Ziotas is so motivated (to do so), the real risk is that he has the motivation to commit further serious violations. & # 39;

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The police claimed that Ziotas had lit the fire for financial gain.

Ziotas was silent in handcuffs when he appeared via a video link from the Sydney Police Center.

Ziotas received no bail and would appear in the Central Local Court on Tuesday.

Pictured: Emergency crews respond to the fire at the Surry Hills restaurant on July 4

Pictured: Emergency crews respond to the fire at the Surry Hills restaurant on July 4

Pictured: Emergency crews respond to the fire at the Surry Hills restaurant on July 4

The two stab wounds in Ziotas & # 39; back were self-inflicted, prosecutor Ernest Chan said to Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday. Pictured: Ziotas is treated by paramedics

The two stab wounds in Ziotas & # 39; back were self-inflicted, prosecutor Ernest Chan said to Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday. Pictured: Ziotas is treated by paramedics

The two stab wounds in Ziotas & # 39; back were self-inflicted, prosecutor Ernest Chan said to Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday. Pictured: Ziotas is treated by paramedics

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