Three deny armed robbery charges

April 21, 2016 | By More

Court House-Sept-2013-08Three people charged with aggravated robbery after an alleged armed home invasion at Springston last month have denied the charge.

The three entered their pleas at video-link appearances before Judge Gary MacAskill in the Christchurch District Court today.

All have been remanded to a Crown case review hearing on June 27, but two of them are expected to make applications for release on electronically monitored bail in the meantime.

The fourth person charged, 21-year-old Joshua James Watkinson, a factory worker from Coutts Island, was not listed to appear today. He is in custody and expected to appear by video-link for an electronically monitored bail application in a fortnight.

Paratene Forreste Guy Aupouri Coleman, a 26-year-old butcher from St Albans, Douglas Anaru Lockley, 21, of Burnside, and Katherine Pamela Allison, 20, of Redwood, all pleaded not guilty.

Allison also denies a charge of dishonestly using a document, and has entered no plea on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

She pleaded guilty to 11 charges, mostly relating to earlier incidents: three charges of giving the police false or misleading details at traffic stops in Christchurch, driving while her licence was suspended, failing to attend at court when on bail, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of pipes for smoking methamphetamine and cannabis.

From the night of the incident at Springston, she admitted charges of dangerous driving at Lincoln and failing to stop for the police.

Police allege four people entered a Springston house early on the morning of March 27 and held the occupants for a period before taking items from the vehicle, including a vehicle.

The four were leaving the address in two vehicles as the police arrived, but were caught after chases which ended at Rolleston and Dunsandel.

One of the occupants of the Springston house received minor injuries but did not need medical treatment, police said.

Lockley and Allison have signalled they will apply for electronically monitored bail and their hearings have been set for May 12.

All four face joint charges of robbing four people of cellphones, electric items, and a car, while armed with a pistol, a knife, and a metal bar.


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