Lawyer for Nur Islam says he admitted setting fire to Commonwealth Bank branch but never intended to hurt anyone

A man sick of waiting for service at a suburban Melbourne bank will stand trial on multiple charges after he allegedly started a fire that destroyed the branch and burned staff and customers.

Police allege Nur Islam, 22, poured petrol in the doorway of the Commonwealth Bank at Springvale on 18 November before lighting it, causing a large fire and creating “pandemonium” as customers and staff stampeded to escape, Melbourne magistrates court was told on Tuesday.

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