James Hargest High School Arson Arrests
15 January 2013
MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE INVERCARGILL
James Hargest High School Arson - 3 January 2013
Police investigating the Arson of a classroom block
under renovation at James Hargest High School in the early
hours of Thursday 3 January 2013 have today arrested two
local males aged 18 and 19 years of age.
Both men will
appear in the Invercargill District Court this afternoon
facing Arson and burglary charges relating to the arson
which preliminary estimates put the damage at $700 000.00.
The men will also face furthers charges of Arson and
Burglary relating to an earlier incident at the school in
the early hours of Sunday the 7th October last year where
some out building at the school were entered and wooden
picnic tables were set alight in a quadrangle area.
Police would like to thank members of the public for
there assistances in helping to bring the investigation to
an early resolution.
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