Man threatened to burn down own home

17:30, Jan 21 2014

A Temuka fisherman who threatened to burn his house down after pouring petrol through it has been sentenced in the Timaru District Court.

Noah Zane Barrett, 40, was charged with threatening behaviour after the incident on Sunday night.

Police were called to his address in Temuka at 8pm after a domestic dispute between Barrett and a woman at the house. Police had to coax the man out of the address and nearby residents were evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

Barrett's counsel Douglas Brown said Barrett had no intention of lighting the petrol.

Judge Joanna Maze said Barrett had wanted the woman to leave and had poured petrol in several places and said he would light it if she did not leave.

"It seems you had no lighter or means to light it [the petrol]. However, it would have been very frightening for her."

He was ordered to come up if called upon within nine months.


The Timaru Herald