Porirua man charged over 11 fires

A man is facing 11 charges relating to a series of fires across Wellington over the weekend.
The man, who was granted name suppression, appeared at Lower Hutt District Court this afternoon.
He was remanded in custody until later this week.

Lower Hutt police charged the man with arson yesterday over two fires at Wainuiomata Gospel Hall and Wainuiomata Pioneer Church.
He has now been charged with eight additional charges of arson and one charge of attempted arson in connection with the following fires:

– A rubbish truck in Petone
– The scout hall in Seatoun
– Porirua’s Gospel Chapel
– Tony’s Tyre Service in Porirua
– Rubbish fire at St Alban’s Church at Pauatahanui
– A fire at Karori Cemetery chapel (attempted arson)
– The Horouta Marae in Porirua
– A fire near Kenepuru Hospital
– Two portaloos in Tawa

Firefighters dealt with at least a dozen suspicious fires in the Wellington area during the long weekend, from Seatoun to Porirua.
The accused was found on State Highway 1 near Johnsonville at 9.53pm on Sunday, allegedly in a stolen car.
The arrest came shortly after two fires nearby, one at the Horouta ki Poneke Marae in Porirua at 8.50pm, and another at an empty home near Kenepuru Hospital at 9.30pm.

He appeared in Wellington District Court on Monday, charged with stealing a car, petrol, coffee and sausages.

-The Dominion Post

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