Custody remand over alleged gang incident

Court House-Sept-2013-07A 23-year-old Ashburton man has been remanded in custody on driving, armed robbery, and weapons charges after a court appearance over an alleged gang incident on Wednesday.

Rua Shiloh Rimene faced seven charges at his appearance before Judge Paul Kellar in the Christchurch District Court.

He was remanded to appear again in court by video-link from Christchurch Prison on April 16.

Rimene has entered no pleas to charges of unlawfully taking a $2000 car, driving while suspended, dangerous driving on Clark Street, Ashburton, failing to stop for the police, and unlawfully carrying a shotgun.

He is also charged with robbing a woman of $25 cash while armed with two knives, and a charged dated March 7 which alleges he damaged a door belonging to Housing New Zealand.

Police allege a car was rammed during the incident and the Armed Offenders Squad and a dog and handler were called out while police made inquiries at several addresses after the incident about 3.30pm.

Duty lawyer Clayton Williams said no bail application was being made on Rimene’s first appearance and he asked for the remand in custody to next week for defence counsel to be assigned.



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