Reserve fun ends in court

A Timaru teen's idea of "fun" has landed him with two court appearances.

Jeremy Alexander Coutts, 19, appeared in the Timaru District Court yesterday on one charge of arson.

He was arrested after setting fire to two cabbage trees in the Scenic Reserve on October 27 last year. He was also held responsible for endangering lives after placing fishing line across one of the reserve's tracks, which is regularly used by runners, walkers and cyclists.

He was understood to have been smoking cannabis leading up to the events. When questioned by police about his actions, he told them he "thought it would be fun to do so".

Judge Joanna Maze convicted and remanded him on bail to reappear on April 15 for a restorative justice pre-sentence report.

The Timaru Herald