Charges mount against Burnham man

Court House-general1Two more charges – including the theft of three firearms – have been laid against a Burnham 21-year-old who is already being held in custody on 40 charges.

Luke Alexander Reich has now been held in custody on remand since his first appearance on five charges in the Christchurch District Court on February 15, while the charges against him have mounted up.

The police laid 35 more charges early this month alleging burglaries, thefts, and interfering with cars in the Selwyn and North Canterbury areas.

At his appearance last week, Reich faced new charges of burglary of a shed at Burnham in November, and theft of a shotgun and two rifles, fishing equipment, and a pack worth a total of $3000 at Burnham between November and January.

He has entered no pleas to any of the 42 charges.

Judge Tony Couch remanded him in custody for another appearance by video-link from the prison on April 11. The delay will allow defence counsel Phillip Allan to take instructions on the long list of charges.

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