Man arrested over house blaze

23:58, Jul 22 2013
DESTROYED: Arson is thought to be the cause behind a fire which engulfed this Birchfield Ave property.

Police have arrested a man who was being sought for the alleged arson of a house in Birchfield Ave, Dallington, last week.

Aaron James Swan, 28, who is listed as having no fixed abode, was arrested overnight and appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.

He is charged with threatening to kill a woman on July 15, and arson of the house two days later.

Aaron Swan
ARRESTED: Aaron Swan appeared before the Christchurch District Court today on an arson charge.

Firefighters said the empty house was well ablaze when two fire engines arrived about 6.15pm.

Police issued an announcement the following day that they were seeking Swan in connection with the blaze, and released his photograph to the media.

Swan entered no pleas and sought a remand to apply for legal aid so that his assigned counsel could apply for his release on bail.

Judge Alistair Garland remanded him in custody to Friday for an appearance in court by video-link from Christchurch Men's Prison.


The Press