Alleged burglar-on-camera held in custody

June 14, 2017 | By More

A man alleged to have been caught on video leaving the scene after a burglary has been remanded in custody at the Christchurch District Court.

Brendon James Smith, 44, of Aranui, made no application for bail at the appearance before a community magistrate and consented to the remand in custody.

He also opposed a bid by The Press to photograph him in court.

The magistrate declined the application but said it could be renewed at Smith’s next appearance, which will be by video-link on June 26.

The magistrate said Smith had not had three day’s prior notice of the media application because his arrest had only just happened, and she wanted him to have the chance to discuss possible grounds for opposition with his counsel.

Defence counsel Linda Drummond asked for the remand so that Smith could make an application for release on bail at his next appearance.

He is charged with the burglary of an Avonhead home on Friday, where the householder allegedly filmed him from her car as he walked along the street carrying bags of her household goods.

He is also charged with possession of cannabis on Monday, and has entered no pleas to the charges.

The woman said the burglar dropped the bags when she confronted him, and she then filmed him getting into a getaway vehicle and driving off.

Update: The 36-year-old woman who was alleged to be the driver of the car in which the burglar left the area was later granted interim name suppression by a registrar and remanded on bail to July 5, without plea, on charges of burglary of the house and stealing goods worth $181 from Raeward Fresh in Marshland Road on April 26.

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