Custody remand for arson accused

May 8, 2017 | By More

A woman charged with setting fire to the Christchurch flat she lived in, has been remanded in custody so she can find a suitable address for bail.

Fifty-six-year-old Lynette Ellen Neill, whose address on the charging document is no fixed abode, made a brief appearance in the Christchurch District Court today.

The charge sheet alleges she intentionally damaged by fire the property in Barbadoes Street, knowing that danger to life was likely to ensue.

The flat was gutted by fire on Sunday. One person was taken to Christchurch Hospital for minor smoke inhalation.

Police oppose Neill’s bail, and defence counsel Andrew McKenzie said Neill had been seen by the psychiatric nurse at court.

Judge John Macdonald remanded Neill to appear by video-link from the Christchurch Women’s prison on May 18.

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