Piha arson accused named in court

Piha blazes. Photo: Nicole McHardy‎, Piha Community.

A man charged following a spate of fires in a seaside community in Piha can now been named.

Cory Marson-Wood, 19, was arrested in Tauranga after a number of fires broke out at the settlement in Auckland’s west coast in the early hours of May 7.

The Piha resident is facing three charges of arson and one of burglary.

At the Waitakere District Court yesterday, Judge Jane Jelas said new charges had now been brought against Marson-Wood.

Two of the arson charges he faces relate to the blazes at Piha, while a third is over a separate fire at central Auckland’s Viaduct Event Centre.

No pleas were entered during yesterday’s court appearance and the 19-year-old has been remanded in custody until his next appearance by video link on June 12.

Marson-Wood was granted name suppression in May following reports of threats being made against him on social media.

Along with one house being evacuated and 20 others threatened, popular café Adey’s Place was gutted by one of the fires.

About 90 firefighters and two helicopters were called out, with about seven hectares of scrub also destroyed.


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