A volunteer firefighter accused of sparking four bomb threats after placing suspicious packages in two Hamilton parks will fight the charges.

Bradley David Taylor, 27, reappeared in the Hamilton District Court today where, through his lawyer Kerry Burroughs, he entered not guilty pleas.

He denies four charges of threatening harm to people and property from four separate incidents in June.

Three packages were placed in Gower Park while a fourth was left in Melville Park.


The bomb hoaxes resulted in the NZ Defence Force bomb squad being sent to the city on four separate occasions, causing a large amount of disruption to the south end of the city, in and around Bader and Melville, which is also near Waikato Hospital.

At the time, Taylor was working for Hamilton City Council as groundsman for the park.

He was remanded on bail by Judge Heather Simpson to reappear in November.

Taylor was a volunteer firefighter with the Ngaruawahia Fire Brigade.