Alleged gunman being sent to Nelson to face charges

November 10, 2014 | By More

Police car-Sept2013-02The alleged fugitive Motueka gunman found after an 11-day manhunt is being sent back to Nelson for his case to be dealt with, after an appearance in the Christchurch District Court today.

Jahdai Brice Kennard, a 27-year-old rubbish collector, was arrested in Christchurch on Saturday morning.

He already faced Nelson charges of burglary, assaulting a woman, trespass, and theft.

Today he faced charges that on September 9 he trespassed another address, and on October 18 he entered a building without authority, failed to stop driving for police, and drove recklessly.

On October 28 he allegedly presented a firearm at three people at Thorp Bush in Motueka and the armed offenders squad, CIB, and police started searching for him.

He was found in Christchurch and now faces new charges of presenting the firearm, having a baseball bat and a folding switch knife in a public place, possession of the cut-down .303 rifle, and possession of a methamphetamine pipe. No pleas have been entered.

Defence counsel Michael Knowles said police opposed Kennard’s bail, and Kennard had applied for legal aid for his next appearance.

Judge Brian Callaghan remanded Kennard in custody to appear at the Nelson District Court on November 24.

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