Man charged with lighting fire that destroyed Derek Hynd's house
Yesterday, officers from Byron Bay Police Station attended a home in Mullumbimby where they arrested a 25-year-old man.
The man was charged following a year-long investigation into the fire that destroyed Derek Hynd's Myocum house last year.
On 17th September, 2019, fire brigades were called to Hynd's house that he shared with his son Lachlan. The fire razed the house, though Hynd and Lachlan were spared. A dog perished in the blaze.
Also lost was DH's lifelong collection of writing, memorabila, and surfcraft, which considering his role in surfing constitutes an enormous loss.
Derek took to Facebook to vent his feelings:
"Just heard on ABC radio news, State wide, that the 'piece of work' who destroyed my house by fire, almost killed my son, killed a loyal pet, then acted as if it was none of his doing for a year has been arrested.
"Thank you to the boys at the Byron cop shop and those in Sydney for follow up work in taking due methodical time to get the crime sorted to this stage.
"Some arsonists get done after a day, others after a year. And why did it happen? An incredibly trivial issue.
"Life eh? From little things, big things grow....negative as well as positive."