Blenheim man faces charges after suspicious fire at Rogers St property

A man has been charged with deliberately starting a fire at a property in Blenheim on Friday evening.
The Blenheim man, in his 30s, who cannot be named, is charged with intentionally damaging a residential property on Rogers St by fire.

Police had accompanied the Blenheim Volunteer Fire Brigade to the property about 5.10pm, due to concerns the fire could be suspicious.

The fire was out on arrival. The man was arrested on Whitney St about 5.50pm.

He has also been charged with wilfully trespassing on a Rogers St property on Friday, within two years of a trespass warning, and possessing a methamphetamine pipe on the same date.

The man appeared in custody at the Blenheim District Court on Monday, but did not enter any pleas.

His lawyer Marcus Zintl said his client needed time to seek a bail address outside the area.

He also sought interim name suppression for his client, saying there were fears for the wellbeing of the man's child at school if his identity was made public.

Judge Jo Rielly granted interim name suppression, but said she would need more information about the reasons for suppression at the next appearance, if the order was to be extended.

She remanded the man in custody to a second appearance on March 29.


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