The troubled past of Sam Kerr's brother Daniel

The troubled past of Sam Kerr’s brother Daniel: Matilda star’s AFL legend sibling misses World Cup semi-final after being jailed for setting parents’ home on fire

  • Sam Kerr’s brother Daniel was jailed for two years in May
  • He set fire to his parents’ home in Kardinya in 2021
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Sam Kerr’s older brother Daniel is missing his sister’s huge World Cup semi-final after he was jailed for setting fire to their parents’ home. 

Daniel Kerr, who played 220 AFL games and won a premiership with the West Coast Eagles, was charged with criminal damage by fire and was convicted by a Perth District Court in May 2023.

What did Daniel Kerr do?

The court heard that Kerr, 40, drove to the family home in Kardinya on February 17, 2021 and set fire to the back rooms, then drove off while yelling and waving his hand out of the driver window. The house was empty at the time.

Kerr’s lawyer Kate Turtley-Chappel told the court that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia while in custody.

The former footy star caused nearly $250,000 worth of damage to the property and was arrested an hour after the incident at his car wash business, where he told officers he had no recollection of driving there.

Sam Kerr’s brother Daniel (L) was jailed for two years for setting his parents’ home on fire

Daniel Kerr (L) won an AFL premiership with West Coast Eagles while his younger sister Sam (R) plays football for Chelsea and the Matildas

The prosecution described the act as ‘nonsensical and chaotic’.  

Does Daniel Kerr still speak with Sam Kerr?

Kerr has endured an up-and-down relationship with his superstar younger sister Sam Kerr, one of the leading names in women’s football and captain of the Matildas. 

He had a well-documented struggle with alcohol and drugs following his retirement in 2013, culminating in a five-day stint in prison after he breached a violence restraining order. 

His family initially refused to post his $5000 bail and the siblings did not speak for two years after the ordeal.

‘I didn’t speak to him for two years,’ Sam Kerr said in 2020.

‘All our family’s close but me and Daniel are super-close … he always says, ‘that’s the thing that brought me back onto the road, that everyone spoke to me except you’.

‘I just really needed that reassurance that things were going to go back to normal.

Kerr was arrested in 2021 for the incident which caused $250,000 worth of damage

Daniel Kerr was a champion Aussie Rules player for Perth-based team West Coast Eagles

‘That’s what hurt me the most … when you do things that affect yourself, it also affects other people.

‘I had to watch mum and dad be stressed out about their 30-year-old son, which isn’t normal and it affected me. I don’t let things bother me but seeing my parents have to deal with it, that was probably the hardest thing.’

Daniel has previously told of how Sam’s tough love was the kickstart he needed ‘to behave again, to get my family back’ before the February 2021 incident.  

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