New assault charges cite more serious injuries

Court House-general1More serious charges have been laid against a man and a woman over three assaults at a home in Johns Road last week.

The pair faced Crimes Act assault charges when they appeared in the Christchurch District Court last week, and were remanded in custody without plea.

But at their remand appearances yesterday, the police had laid charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for each of the three assaults. The original assault charges were then withdrawn.

The incident happened about 11.30pm on Sunday August 30. Police said two men suffered wounds to their shoulders and heads which needed treatment at Christchurch Hospital. A woman was also assaulted during the incident.

Alvin Ritesh Kumar, a 32-year-old factory hand from Woolston, pleaded not guilty to the more serious charges and was remanded to a case review hearing on November 9.

Defence counsel Richard Maze made application for bail for Kumar at a separate hearing and it was granted by Judge Gary MacAskill.

Stephanie Jane McGrath, 25, a mother, from Hornby, also applied for bail and it was refused by Judge MacAskill, who suggested electronically monitored bail might be considered later. He remanded her in custody without plea for an appearance by video-link on September 21.


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