Custody remands for synthetic drug robbery accused

Police car-Sept2013-02Police opposed bail for two men charged with the robbing an R18 store in Linwood of synthetic drugs only 40 minutes before the products became illegal.

The drugs were going off the market at midnight on Wednesday with Parliament’s passage of legislation banning them.

The police allege two men punched the store owner at the Stanmore Road shop about 11.20pm and made off with cash and synthetic drugs. Police stopped a car nearby and made the arrests. The store owner was not seriously injured.

Isaiah Herbert, an 18-year-old gib stopper from Phillipstown, and Marcus Raphael Hatcher, 30, from Avonhead, were jointly charged with robbing the store of cash and synthetic cannabis while armed with an offensive weapon – a knife.

Defence counsel Paul Norcross said Herbert was only 18 and was living with his parents. His mother and brother were supporting him at court, and he could live on bail at the parents’ address.

Judge Brian Callaghan refused bail and remanded Herbert in custody to May 29, for an appearance by video-link from the prison. He suppressed details of the police allegations of the offending, which were discussed in court.

Hatcher – who is alleged to be the driver – was also refused bail, and remanded in custody to the same date. The judge allowed the media to report that Herbert was alleged to be one of two men who entered the shop.

Police are still seeking another alleged robber.

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