Drunken arsonist's attack proves costly

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 12:00 30/01/2013

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A man struggling to accept the end of his 25-year relationship with his ex-partner - in whose house he was still living in Dannevirke - has admitted destroying her clothing and bed in a drunken arson attack.

Charles Morunga, 46, pleaded guilty in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday to one charge of arson.

According to the police summary of facts, he was living at his ex-partner's Allen St address in November last year. She had entered into a new relationship and asked Morunga to move out, but he had not.

On the afternoon of November 15, she headed out and said she would not be back until later.

Morunga then began drinking, consuming almost a cask of wine by 9.30pm when he went into his ex-partner's room and stacked her clothes and blankets on the bed.

He set them alight; the fire quickly got out of control, destroying $300 of his ex-partner's possessions and causing $3000 of damage to the Ministry of Education-owned house.

Judge David Smith remanded Morunga until March 14 for sentencing.

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