A young man has been shot in court after a fire broke out at an Auckland supermarket.
Michael Hadurini, 19, who appeared in Whitecare District Court on Thursday, pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a May 6 fire at Westcity Waittaker’s Countdown supermarket.
Hadurini was remanded in custody until July 28, when he will next appear in court.
The entire mall was evacuated due to a fire in the snack aisle, and about 60 firefighters responded to the incident.
* Teen accused of setting fire to snack aisle at Auckland Countdown store
* The Auckland County snack aisle is unlikely to reopen this week after the fire
* Police believe a fire broke out in West Auckland County
According to a summary of facts read by the judge, police said the fire caused “hundreds of thousands” of damage.
But Hadurini’s lawyer said his client did not shed light on it.
He said Hadurini and the 20-year-old co-accused were in the chip aisle when the joint accused set fire to one of the chip pockets and started the fire.
The store has been temporarily closed as the countdown confirmed Monday that it is unlikely to reopen this week.
Most of the damage was to the products, but firefighters extinguished the fire and caused water damage in the store, a Countdown spokesman said.
“It is unlikely we will reopen this week,” he said.
“We will update as often as we can to make it safer and more open to customers.”
Police have arrested a 20-year-old man who was jointly charged with crimes.
However, the co-accused did not appear in court with Hathurini.