Piha arson-accused pleads not guilty

The teenager accused of lighting fires across Piha, west of Auckland, has pleaded not guilty.

Nineteen-year-old Cory Marson-Wood faces five arson-related charges. 

He's accused of setting alight a fish and chip shop and lighting a huge scrub fire which threatened homes and lives in May.

The fire gutted Adey's Place, a popular takeaway store, and forced several families to self-evacuate after the scrub fire spread. Seventeen fire crews, 90 firefighters and a helicopter were deployed.

A NZ police car parks outside Adey's Place, which is cordoned off following a fire.
No one was injured in the fires. Photo credit: Newshub.

Judge Johns denied Marson-Wood electronically monitored bail because of the risk he may re-offend.

Upon hearing he would be staying in prison custody until his jury trial, Marson-Wood started crying. At the back of the court, his parents threw their hands up in despair.