Custody remand for Merivale armed robbery accused

September 29, 2014 | By More

Court House-doorwayA 20-year-old man accused of being the balaclava-clad robber of the Merivale TAB nearly four weeks ago is already in custody on firearm charges.

Joel Alex Pedersen, a painter, today faced charges of robbing a woman at the Merivale TAB of $1842 while he was armed with a sawn-off shotgun, unlawfully taking a car the same day, and assaulting a man with intent to get away from an aggravated burglary, all on September 4. He is also charged with dishonestly using an eft-pos card in Hamilton on August 4.

He had previously been arrested and was being held in custody without plea on two charges of unlawful possession of a firearms, being drunk in charge of a firearm, and possession of instruments for consuming cannabis.

He was arrested on the robbery charge on Friday when he was already at the men’s prison, and made his appearance before Judge David Ongley in the Christchurch District Court today by video-link from the prison.

At the request of defence counsel on some of the charges, Phillip Watts, the judge remanded Pedersen in custody to October 13 without plea on all the charges to finalise legal representation and take legal advice.

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