South Brighton arson charge denied

January 27, 2016 | By More

South Brighton-101A 17-year-old denies an arson charge relating to a fire in the dunes at South Brighton that threatened several houses.

Jayvan James Simms, of Shirley, entered the not guilty plea before a registrar at the Christchurch District Court today.

The registrar’s remand meant that Simms did not need to make an appearance in court before a judge.

He was remanded on continued bail to appear at a Crown case review session on April 11. The case review is the next step on the way to trial.

Simms is charged that on November 30 he recklessly damaged vegetation by fire when he ought to know that it was likely to cause danger to life.

The vegetation, which is along the beachfront, is described as the property of the Crown.

The fire came within metres of houses and 12 families had to leave their homes until it was put out.

Simms appeared in court on that charge for the first time the day after the fire, and a week later he made another appearance charged with a breach of bail and unlawful possession of two .22 rounds.

Simms’ bail conditions have included reporting to the police, a ban on associating with another named person, and he has been blocked from going to Marine Parade.

 

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