Woman tried to set fire to boat

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 05/06/2014

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A Horowhenua woman has pleaded guilty to attempted arson after wandering into her neighbour's shed and pouring petrol on a boat.

Rena Joyce, 49, appeared in the Palmerston North District Court before Judge Les Atkins yesterday and pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted arson and wilful damage.

The charges relate to an incident this year in the small rural community of Tokomaru.

A summary of facts states Joyce "didn't get along" with some of her neighbours, and on April 13, she walked to a nearby property and knocked on the doors and windows to see if anyone was home.

When she didn't get a response, she went out the back of the house where she found an old car.

Picking up a plank of wood, she took to the vehicle, hitting it several times and causing damage.

Disregarding the plank, she turned her attention to a shed where she found a boat parked inside on a trailer.

Joyce jumped into the boat with a petrol can and poured its contents over the deck.

Before anything more could happen, the rural fire brigade siren went off, spooking Joyce and prompting her to run back to her house.

When spoken to by police, Joyce initially denied the allegations.

She remains in custody and is due to reappear for sentencing in July.

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- Manawatu Standard

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