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Troubled AFL star Daniel Kerr accused of ‘setting a house on fire’ the same day he was due in court

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Former AFL premiership star Daniel Kerr has been charged over a house fire in Perth on the same day he failed to show up in court on domestic violence charges.

Police will allege the troubled former West Coast Eagles star, 37, has links to an address in Kardinya where a fire broke out on Wednesday. 

His father lives in the same area.

Kerr was arrested by detectives in Cottesloe a short time later. 

‘About 4.10pm police were advised of a house fire in Exley Close, Kardinya,’ a police statement read. 

‘Department of Fire and Emergency Services personnel were already responding to the fire at that time.’

Daniel Kerr (pictured left with his sister, women's soccer star Sam) has been charged over a house fire in Perth

Daniel Kerr (pictured left with his sister, women’s soccer star Sam) has been charged over a house fire in Perth

He was charged with criminal damage by fire and refused bail to appear in Fremantle Magistrates Court later on Thursday.

Most of the damage from the blaze appears to be at the rear at the home. 

‘There’s a hole in the door and one of the windows… there’s a damaged blind,’ Nine News Perth reporter Lucy McLeod told Radio 6PR. 

Kerr was due to appear in court on unrelated domestic charges against his former partner on Wednesday but was a no show, with his lawyer telling the court he suffered an asthma attack, NCA NewsWire reported.  

Kerr was facing a string of offences including aggravated common assault, criminal damage, and with intent to harm did an act likely to endanger life.

Daniel Kerr was once one of the biggest stars in the AFL. Pictured is a victorious Kerr after the 2006 AFL grand final

Daniel Kerr was once one of the biggest stars in the AFL. Pictured is a victorious Kerr after the 2006 AFL grand final

The latest incident comes a year Kerr was found unconscious and intoxicated on a footpath in the main street of Kalgoorlie in the state’s Goldfields-Esperance region.  

He taken to hospital with suspected alcohol poisoning, but discharged himself hours later, playing down the incident as ‘a bit of a joke’.

‘I wasn’t being violent, I wasn’t breaking the law, it was just a bit of fun. A bit of stupidity but nothing else to it,’ Kerr told Seven News at the time.

‘These days with the three kids [and] the businesses I’m running I don’t really get to let the hair down too much. I probably let it down a little bit too much this time.’

 The former star midfielder played 200 games for the Eagles where he won a premiership in 2006 and is the older brother of Australian woman’s soccer star Sam Kerr.

He finished second to Eagles teammate Ben Cousins in the 2005 Brownlow count, and was runner-up again to Geelong Cats star Jimmy Bartel in 2007. 

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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