Bail refused for home invasion accused

October 4, 2013 | By More

Police logo-05Bail was refused for a 21-year-old charged with an aggravated burglary where the victim of a home invasion was bound with duct tape, then put in a cupboard.

Police allege Carlos Santanna Whittaker, a plasterer, was one of a group of people armed with a knife who entered a property in Raleigh Street, Bishopdale.

They say the victim was overpowered and threatened by three men when he opened his door. The men tried to use duct tape on him, but ended up putting him in a cupboard.

In the Christchurch District Court today, Sergeant Matt Tiernan said police opposed bail for Whittaker as the property stolen had not been recovered and police did not know who the alleged co-offenders were. The unrecovered property was worth $4000.

Defence counsel Stephen Hembrow said Whittaker was employed and had two young children.

Whittaker told the court that some of the property was recovered from a pawn shop.

Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said the alleged offending was a home invasion at 9.15pm, with a number of people involved, and a weapon used.

He said the victim was in a traumatized state and concerned the offenders would return.

He refused bail and remanded Whittaker in custody to October 11.

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