Teen facing legal high robbery charge stays in custody

June 12, 2014 | By More

Court House-entranceBail has again been refused for a teenager charged with an armed robbery for synthetic cannabis in the hour before Parliament’s ban on the drug came into force.

Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan said he was very conscious of Isaiah Herbert’s age – he’s just 18 – but he was refusing bail because the address proposed was not suitable.

Herbert, a gib stopper, wanted to be granted electronically monitored bail to live with his parents at their house in Phillipstown, but the application was opposed by the police and Probation Service.

His defence counsel, Paul Norcross, said the charge would be denied and Herbert faced a long remand in custody before trial if he were not granted bail.

Herbert was first refused bail by the same judge on the day of his arrest, May 8.

An alleged co-offender, Marcus Raphael Hatcher, 30, of Avonhead, was released on bail on Monday.

Both men are now remanded to a case review hearing on July 28, which is the next step on the way to a jury trial.

The police have charged the pair with the robbery of an R-18 store in Stanmore Road, Linwood on May 7, at 11.40pm, while armed with a knife. They are alleged to have robbed the shop of synthetic cannabis and cash. The drug was banned at midnight that night.

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