Woman denies robbery-related charges

Court House-general 3A 25-year-old woman is denying two charges related to armed robberies carried out at two Christchurch bars on the night of January 26.

Nikita Chela McCausland, of central Christchurch, appeared by video-link from the prison for a session at the Christchurch District Court today, and was remanded by Judge Alistair Garland in custody to a case review hearing on April 7, 2014.

She denies charges that she was in unlawful possession of a sawn-off shotgun on January 28. She has been jointly charged with possession of the weapon with her partner, Jackson Whakatihi, also known as Manson.

The second charge alleges that she received $3500 cash from Whakatihi, knowing that it had been stolen.

McCausland has already been refused bail, and defence counsel Allister Davis said no further bail application was now being made. Her trial will be before a judge-alone.

Two armed and masked men robbed the Coasters Tavern in Redwood on January 26, getting about $15,000 in cash, and then struck at The Brewery at The Tannery shopping centre in Woolston the same night. At the second robbery, the robbers could not get the safe open and left empty handed.

Whakatihi, 24, remains in custody charged with one armed robbery, and one charge of assaulting a man with intent to rob the second bar. He has entered no pleas and is next due to appear at court on March 6.

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