Pinjar manslaughter charge

A 38-year-old man has been charged in relation to the death of a man in Pinjar on Thursday, September 22. File picture: Yanchep News Online

A BANKSIA Grove man is due in Joondalup Magistrates Court facing manslaughter charges after the death of a man in Pinjar on Thursday, September 22.

This morning WA Police said homicide squad detectives had charged a 38-year-old Banksia Grove man with manslaughter in relation to the death of 23-year-old Heathridge man Jack Kinneen.

A police spokesman said Mr Kinneen had been four-wheel-driving with friends, when about 1.30am they encountered a fire near a bush track in Pinjar.

As Mr Kinneen approached the fire an explosion occurred.

He said about 1.45am, St John WA advised WA Police Force they were responding to an incident involving an explosion which had left a man seriously injured.

Despite efforts to provide emergency first aid to Mr Kinneen he died at the scene.

Police will allege the fire had been deliberately lit by the 38-year-old man in a way to cause an explosion and that he left the area as Mr Kinneen and his friends approached the fire.

Police said the 38-year-old man and the group of friends were not known to each other.

Yesterday the 38-year-old man was arrested in Banksia Grove and then charged with manslaughter.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in court today.