One red zone burglary accused stays in custody

Red Zone-cityOne of three young men charged with a series of burglaries in the residential red zone in Christchurch’s eastern suburbs is staying in custody.

Bradley Burlton, 18, a builder, Jordan Riley Harrison, 19, a concrete worker, and Andrew Michael Hunton, 21, a roofer, all face 11 charges of burglary and a charge of arson of a property in Azure Place, Burwood.

All the alleged burglaries took place in Christchurch’s eastern suburbs, and relate to properties in the residential red zone. The charges refer to properties in Azure Place, Cerbera Close, and several in Atlantis Street.

Hunton also faces earlier charges of possession of cannabis for supply and shoplifting.

Burlton and Harrison were granted a registrar’s remand, without having to appear before a judge at the Christchurch District Court. They were remanded on bail without plea on all charges to September 23, to apply for legal aid.

However, Hunton was held in custody after Judge Gary MacAskill indicated he would not be inclined to grant bail because the charges involved red zone properties and the courts had been repeatedly warning that burglary offences would be dealt with sternly. He noted that Hunton had been facing the other charges.

Duty lawyer Keith Owen then withdrew the bail application which may be made when Hunton has a lawyer assigned to his case.

Judge MacAskill remanded him in custody to September 19, for an appearance by video-link from the prison, but said the hearing date could be brought forward for a bail application.

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