Friday, 20 October 2017

Arson case adjourned

A MAN has reappeared in court accused of arson after a series of fires that caused severe damage to South

A MAN has reappeared in court accused of arson after a series of fires that caused severe damage to South Oxfordshire District Council’s offices.

Andrew Main, 47, of Rokemarsh Farm, Rokemarsh, did not speak during the hearing at Oxford Crown Court on Friday.

He appeared via video link from Bullingdon Prison.

At a previous hearing on January 17, he was charged with one count of arson with intent to endanger life and two of arson reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The charges relate to fires at the council’s offices in Crowmarsh Gifford, a funeral parlour in nearby Benson Lane and a thatched property at Quakers Corner, Rokemarsh, near Benson, on January 15.



The hearing was adjourned until 10 April for fitness to plea assessments to be carried out. Main was remanded in custody.

A MAN has appeared in court for a second time in connection with the fire that badly damaged the offices of South Oxfordshire District Council.

Andrew Main, 47, of Roke Marsh Farm, Roke Marsh, is charged with one count of arson with intent to endanger life and two of arson reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The charges relate to fires at the council’s offices in Crowmarsh Gifford, a funeral parlour in nearby Benson Lane and a thatched property at Quakers Corner, Roke Marsh, near Benson, in the early hours of January 15.

Main, who appeared via video link from Bullingdon Prison, did not speak during the hearing at Oxford Crown Court on Friday.

The hearing was adjourned until 10 April for an assessment of Main’s fitness to plead to be carried out. He was remanded in custody.

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