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More Charges Against Arson Accused

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More Charges Against Arson Accused

Christchurch, Jan 11 NZPA - A Westport man accused of setting fire to a Christchurch shopping mall causing more than a million dollars worth of damage is now facing eight new charges.

Robert James Shingleton, was further remanded when he reappeared before Judge Raoul Neave in Christchurch District Court today.

He was previously charged with arson for a fire at the Westfield Shopping Mall in Riccarton in the early hours of July 10.

Police say the fire caused $235,000 damage to the mall, and another $1.5 million damage to stock -- mainly caused by the smoke -- at the Farmers Trading Company.

Shingleton today faced charges of intentionally damaging three wheelie bins belonging to Trans Pacific Industries, a Christchurch City Council rubbish bin, and a rugby goal pad belonging to the Canterbury Rugby Union in Hagley Park.

These offences are alleged to have been committed later the same morning as the Westfield blaze.

Shingleton is also charged with intentionally damaging three rubbish bins belonging to Westport District Council four months later.

He entered no pleas and was remanded on bail until January 20.


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