Man charged with lighting fire that destroyed Derek Hynd's house

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

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.

Hynd's Myocum house after the fire (NBN News)

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."

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Nick Bone's picture
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Nick Bone commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 9:40am

The last two paragraphs - was the perpetrator known to DH? More to the story?

Edit: Not say he deserved this, but a bit of a saga that led to this?

I am the bone

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Nick Bone commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 9:39am

The last two paragraphs - was the perpetrator known to DH? More to the story?

I am the bone

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stunet commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 9:42am

Yeah, I'd say he is known to him.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 11:45am

I guess DH can be a polarising figure but there's no excuse for messing with a persons livelihood and endangering their lives.

I hope they throw the book at him.

1173

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Ape Anonymous commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 2:08pm

Throw the bible at him?
Yes, make him read of the fire, brimstone and ashes - eternal hells (drop ins) await if you do not repent!
Slow day at work, sorry.
Burning people's stuff to the ground is pretty lame!

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Nick Bone commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 2:33pm

Burn my house. You silly dill you.
Burn my dog. Ill fucking kill you.

Poetry I live by

I am the bone

SI's picture
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SI commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 3:14pm

Poor dog... reminds me of a nice poem from a man who loved his dog, which stands as a great tribute to our K9 friends...

“Near this Spot
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferosity,
and all the virtues of Man without his Vices.
This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery if inscribed over human Ashes,
is but a just tribute to the Memory of
Boatswain, a Dog...”

Barrelrider

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zenagain commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 5:13pm

Nice words Sl.

And I'd like to add the fact that Boatswain could lick his own balls without an ounce of shame reinforces the fact that overall, dogs are pretty cool creatures.

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SI commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 7:19pm

Zenagain
I find it remarkable that dogs can understand their friend owners feelings so well without any need for explanation!! I will not even ask how, but it is a real phenomenon. I agree that it is amazing the way they lick their balls and also give themselves head jobs , but the thing that amazes me most is that they do it with the whole family around and even when visitors are over, and if someone asks them to stop they just look up as if to say “what?...is there something wrong, because I’m looking around and I can’t see anything wrong at all”!!! Back to the balls!

Barrelrider

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gedsta commented Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 7:27am

........and then people let their dog lick their faces.
Noice!

Gedsta

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zenagain commented Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 9:31am

In some cultures it's considered a compliment.

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Thegrowingtrend.com commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 10:05pm

carnt on every level

Nicko

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mick-free commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 11:20pm

Has the charge sheet been released to the public Stu.?

Mick Free FIFOFOMO

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Brad Ferrier commented Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 8:17am

SI and Gedsta, that is gold, can’t stop laughing at your last posts, at the same time, my own dog is looking at me all kooky wondering what I’m laughing about. Give me a home full of dogs, not humans.

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curbs commented Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 9:03am
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Spuddups commented Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 4:01pm

I don't know how this topic went from someone's house getting burned down to dogs sniffing assholes, but when in Rome...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvCaAG8shXs

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Clive Rodell commented Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 at 12:15pm

A life's work destroyed in a fire can be soul destroying. That life's work an integral part of World surfing culture/history, makes it an even greater loss. Most genius' are quirky and oddball.... they're not normal, because they are exceptional. Obviously there was a falling out over something.
A pet's death and near family member death, plus destroying part of someone's life, merits a harsh sentence. Let's hope at least the Justice system gets it right. It will never be recoverable for Derek.
A passage to prison, for the (if proven) guilty, should be on the cards. Once inside an unsafe back passage might be on the cards.

Clive Rodell