Arson charges dropped

April 7, 2017 | By More

Two people who went to trial on charges of burgling and setting fire to a house in Woodend  had their charges discharged in the Christchurch District Court.

Te Hani Marie Burns, 27, and Benjamin Jordan Hylands, 29, were today told of the Crown decision not to proceed with the trial.

Prosecutor Karyn South told Judge Alistair Garland that following the receipt of further material the Crown was offering no evidence, and would like the court to discharge them both.

Judge Alistair Garland said that all the charges for Hylands and Burns were discharged, and they were free to go. The trial had been scheduled to start on Monday, but it had been delayed while discussions went ahead.

Last December, Turi John Burns, 38, was sentenced for three years nine months in prison for setting fire to a couch causing damage to the same Woodend property, injuring the victim with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and threatening to kill the victim, all on July 23, 2015.

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