Monday 22 January 2018

Groom charged with hotel blaze has case adjourned

Max Kay
Max Kay

THE CASE involving a groom accused of setting fire to a country house where his wedding reception was being held has been adjourned after he changed his lawyers.

Max Kay, 36, of Waylands Drive, Hunts Cross, Liverpool, is charged with arson with intent to destroy or damage property and to endanger life and arson reckless as to whether life is endangered.

The fire broke out in a wing of Peckforton Castle Hotel, near Tarporley, Cheshire, at around 5am on Sunday June 19.

Kay, a property developer and father-of-two, was the groom at a wedding party which had been using the venue at the time of the blaze.

Kay, wearing a grey suit, appeared at Chester Crown Court today where he was due to enter his pleas.

But the case was adjourned to December 2 when the court heard that Kay had recently changed his defence team.

Judge Roger Dutton told Myles Wilson, defending Kay, that no further change of lawyers would be sanctioned by the court, adding: "If you are not ready, it will be listed and he will have to defend himself."

Kay was granted bail with conditions.

Around 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at the Grade I-listed property, a 19th century country house built in the style of a castle.

Around 70 hotel guests and staff were safely evacuated.

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