Charge fol­low­ing Mt Roskill fire

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - KELLY DENNETT

A Mt Roskill house fire where the body of a well known woman was later found was al­legedly set by the woman’s son.

Kiri Paul Patira Brack­en­ridge, 25, will stand trial next year after plead­ing not guilty on Tues­day to a charge of ar­son, and us­ing a doc­u­ment.

Brack­en­ridge, who some­times uses the sur­name Ed­wards, is al­legedly be­hind the Rain­ford St blaze, which took hold of the Hous­ing New Zealand unit on Novem­ber 9.

The body of Linda Winifred Ed­wards, 58, was found at the scene.

Po­lice last week said they were con­duct­ing fur­ther tests to es­tab­lish how Ed­wards died.

At the Auck­land District Court on Mon­day, Kiri Ed­wards made his sec­ond ap­pear­ance fol­low­ing his ar­rest last week.

He ap­peared via au­dio vis­ual link and was rep­re­sented by Queen’s Coun­sel Marie Dyhrberg, who en­tered not guilty pleas on his be­half.

A jury will hear the case at a trial next year, but a trial date was not set.

Ed­wards was bailed to a Te Puke ad­dress and or­dered not to speak about the case with any­one.

His mother’s funeral took place on Tues­day.

Linda Ed­wards was a well known fig­ure in the Mt Roskill com­mu­nity and had pre­vi­ously or­gan­ised a drive to do­nate bras to women be­hind bars.

The drive was very suc­cess­ful with more than 300 bras do­nated to the cause, many from Cen­tral Leader read­ers.

Ed­wards pre­sented the bras to in­mates at Wiri Prison - they were grate­fully re­ceived.

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