Armed robbery charge dropped

September 8, 2014 | By More

Court House-general1A robbery charge has been dropped against a 63-year-old man who was accused of being part of an armed raid on the Brickworks Restaurant and Bar which netted $26,000.

Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish apologised to Charles Thomas Shelford at a case review session today and told him he was free to go.

Three men remain charged with involvement in the robbery, but the dropping of the charge means the allegation that Shelford was involved has been ruled out.

It is five months since he was arrested and charged with the April 6 late night robbery.

One man, 43-year-old Wesley Winfield Barnett, has already pleaded guilty and been jailed for six-and-a-half years for the robbery.

Barnett had an imitation firearm, but he admitted he knew that his co-offender had a real gun.

Police say two bar staff were forced to the floor by the first robber to go inside the restaurant as it closed, and a cleaner was assaulted with the rifle butt, and kicked, causing an on-going injury.

The two others charged have been remanded to a pre-trial conference on October 31.

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