Name suppression has lifted on one of the men arrested in a series of police raids on Head Hunters gang premises around Christchurch three weeks ago.
Steven Charles Strickland, 47, a sickness beneficiary of Mairehau was granted interim suppression at his first Christchurch District Court appearance on December 6, when he was remanded in custody for an appearance by video-link today.
Defence counsel Phil Shamy said the suppression was no longer pursued and it lapsed at his appearance today where Strickland made application for release on bail. He said Strickland was no longer a member of the gang.
Judge Brian Callaghan granted bail and remanded Strickland to a Crown case review on January 23 on charges of being a member of an organised criminal group to sell methamphetamine and four charges of conspiring to sell the class A drug.
Strickland today pleaded not guilty to all the charges and elected trial by jury.
Carrick John Broadley, 40, a Parklands contractor who was arrested in the same raids, has also elected jury trial and was remanded to the same Crown case review session. He is in custody but defence counsel Kerry Cook said Broadley would apply for release on electronically monitored bail during the remand.
He faces charges of being a member of an organised group selling methamphetamine, five of offering to supply the drug, and four of conspiring with another man to supply it. He has pleaded not guilty to most charges, and the remaining charges have no plea.