A man has faced court charged with lighting a fire at Casino High School.
A man has faced court charged with lighting a fire at Casino High School. Casino-Yorklea RFS

Alleged high school arsonist accused of coercing witnesses

A CASINO man accused of breaking into a Casino school and later setting it alight has faced court.

Aden Newman, 23, made no application for bail when he appeared via video link from Grafton Correctional Centre on Monday morning.

Police will allege Mr Newman set a fire at Casino High School in the early hours of Friday, September 7 last year.

He allegedly broke into the school and stole tools and other items the night before.

The blaze caused significant damage and a structural report was being prepared shortly after the incident.

Mr Newman was arrested at a Grevillea Place, Casino home last Friday and charged with aggravated break and enter, conspiracy to commit an aggravated break and enter, tampering with evidence, destroying or damaging property by fire and four counts of acting with intent to pervert the course of justice.

Police have alleged Mr Newman coerced witnesses to make false statements or to change their statements to police.

Defence solicitor Vince Boss told the court the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was considering whether they take carriage of the allegations.

"The charges (have) been referred to the DPP this morning," Mr Boss said.

"We may need at least two weeks for a result in relation to that."

Prosecutor Brett Gradisnik confirmed two weeks would be required for this process.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned the matter to April 15.