Arson accused to fight charges

A Hamilton man alleged to have tried to blow up a petrol station after assaulting several people plans to fight the charges.

Devon Alexander Ryan today pleaded not guilty to 13 charges in the Hamilton District Court after an incident at BP Whitiora on March 18.

Ryan is alleged to have attacked a petrol bowser and then used the fuel hose's metal nozzle to damage a car parked on the forecourt.

He is then alleged to have used fuel from the pump to try and start a fire on the forecourt before setting fire to the interior of another car.

The arson attempts follow an earlier incident where he is alleged to have assaulted a man and a woman.

Ryan, through his lawyer Kerry Burroughs, pleaded not guilty to charges of arson, wilful damage of property by explosion, assaulting a female, injuring with intent, threatening to kill, failing to stop, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, two charges of assault with a blunt instrument and two charges of possession of an offensive weapon.

He was remanded to reappear next month.