Repeated Westport arson attacks alleged

Court House-general2Three arson attacks on the same Westport house are alleged against a man now staying at the Christchurch City Mission.

Corey Lally, 22, has been charged with a total of six Westport arson incidents in March and April.

He was granted a registrar’s remand without plea at the Christchurch Court House, and did not need to appear before a judge.

The charges allege he attempted to set fire to a house owned by a woman in Palmerston Street, Westport, on the night of March 5 to 6.

On the same night, he is alleged to have set fire to a chair cushion and a brush screen fence belonging to two other women.

On March 8, Lally is accused to attempting to set fire to the carport at the Palmerston Street property, and setting fire to a recycling wheelie bin belonging to the Buller District Council.

On April 1, he is charged with a third attempt to set fire to the Palmerston Street property.

A registrar remanded Lally on bail to appear again in the Christchurch District Court on June 1.

He was remanded to obtain legal advice.

All of the charges give his current address as the Christchurch City Mission in Hereford Street.



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