Workers from nearby buildings were evacuated to the ground
of First Church following the fire alarm activation
yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A Dunedin man has been remanded in custody after he
admitted responsibility for maliciously triggering a false fire
alarm in the city's central business district yesterday
Timothy Vannisselroy (32), painter, appeared in the Dunedin
District Court this morning on one Fire Service Act charge of
knowingly giving a false alarm of fire, at Dunedin on May 15.
He pleaded guilty immediately, through counsel, but no
summary of facts was available.
Sergeant Ross Hutton told Judge Kevin Phillips other charges
The judge said he intended remanding Vannisselroy in custody
to next Tuesday so the other matters Counsel John
Westgate asked for bail for Vannisselroy who had described
setting off the false alarm as "a prank''.
The defendant had "got the message'' and was willing to
report daily to the police if granted bail, Mr Westgate said.
Judge Phillips declined to grant bail. He said the charge in
itself might not be serious, but there had been serious
repercussions for the public at large.
He believed Vannisselroy should remain in custody until his
next court appearance to allow the matter to ''simmer down''.