As stated by Detective Inspector Brent Matuku:
Police have charged a man with the murder of Emma Field who died in a house fire in New Plymouth in May.
The 31-year-old man was arrested today and charged with murder and arson, following the investigation into the fatal fire that occurred on Devon Street West on 27 May.
I want to acknowledge Emma’s family during this difficult time.
Emma was a young woman who had her entire life ahead of her, which was tragically cut short.
I want to acknowledge the staff who have worked tirelessly throughout this difficult investigation, including forensic fire investigators.
I’d also like to thank the New Plymouth community for their support and assistance with providing information to Police.
The man is due to appear in the New Plymouth District Court on Friday.