Te Puke arson accused in court

By Sandra Conchie

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A fire completely destroyed a house in McMeeking Rd, Rangiuru, near Te Puke. File/Photo
A fire completely destroyed a house in McMeeking Rd, Rangiuru, near Te Puke. File/Photo

A Waikato man accused of deliberately set fire and destroyed a Rangiuru home has made his first court appearance.

Whana Robert Barton, 41, faced a charge of arson when he appeared in Tauranga Registrar's Court today.

Emergency services were called to the McMeeking Rd property near Te Puke shortly before 3.30pm on Monday, and found the three-bedroom house well ablaze.

Court documents revealed that the home was owned by Te Matai Lands Trust.

Barton was remanded on bail without plea for a legal aid lawyer to be assigned, and for further legal advice.

He will be expected to enter a plea at his next court appearance on April 29.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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