Near neighbour accused of church fire

Court House-Sept-2013-05The man accused of setting fire to St Margaret’s Presbyterian Church in Farrington Avenue, Bishopdale, on May 15, is a near neighbour.

Name suppression was lifted at the Christchurch District Court today on Cheyenne Destiny Jade Reed, a 35-year-old technician, who appeared at court by video-link from the men’s prison.

Court documents give his address as a house across the road in the same block as the church.

He had been granted the interim order for name suppression at his first appearance in the Christchurch District Court after the forensic psychiatric nurse at court gave Judge Tom Gilbert a letter suggesting grounds for  “potential extreme hardship”.

Judge Raoul Neave had an updated letter today, and Reed’s defence counsel Richard McGuire, said there was no reason to continue the suppression.

The fire extensively damaged the chapel part of the building, and a storage room at the back.

Reed faced charges of arson of the church, theft of a car, failing to answer bail, shoplifting, possession of a knife in a public place, and two burglaries – also in Farrington Avenue.

There was no application for bail, and he was remanded in custody without plea to June 20.


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