Two Mob members charged over Road Knights fire

Two southern Mongrel Mob members have appeared in court charged with torching the Road Knights' Invercargill headquarters on June 19.

Shaun Te Kahu, 37, and Barry James Pennicott, 27, have been jointly charged with arson and appeared on the fresh charges in Invercargill District Court yesterday.

They have also been jointly charged with aggravated burglary of the Road Knights' headquarters -- armed with a hammer and an air rifle, while Pennicott also faces two fresh theft charges.

The pair are among a group of mob members arrested on a raft of charges late last month.

Also appearing yesterday were Craig Arthur Reid, 36, and Pihama John Tauroa, 32, who are jointly charged with Pennicott on intentional damage charges. None of the four men entered pleas to any of the charges, nor were any applications made for bail. All four were remanded in custody to July 15.

Invercargill CIB head Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Cowie told the Southland Times the arson charges did not mean the end of the investigation into the fire.

Yesterday's additional charges had been laid as a result of police investigations and in tracking down witnesses to the fire, he said.