Man accused of lighting two Nelson fires keeps name suppression

The man accused of lighting two fires in Nelson has managed to keep his name secret.

He was was declined name suppression in the Nelson District Court - but he has appealed to the High Court.

The man came into the dock today covering his face with a piece of paper.

Judge David Ruth told him: "Take that away from your face. Come into the dock now."

Judge Ruth then declined name suppression.

The man's lawyer Tagan Lyall had argued that there threatening messages had been posted on social media and that he was in danger.

Judge Ruth said that it was just a "public venting of spleen", and not a genuine threat - and therefore no suppression was needed.

However Ms Lyall appealed the decision to the high court. His name will be kept secret until that is heard.


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