Custody remands continue for four robbery accused

Court House-general1Four people charged over an alleged armed home invasion and robbery at Springston are staying in custody for the next few weeks after remands at the Christchurch District Court today.

No bail applications were made when they all first appeared in court on March 28, charged with robbing four people of cellphones, electrical items and a motor vehicle, while armed with a pistol, knife, and a metal bar.

Police alleged four people armed with weapons entered a Springston house early on Sunday March 27 and held the occupants for a period before taking items from the address, including a vehicle. One of the residents received minor injuries but did not need medical treatment.

The four people were leaving the address in two vehicles when police arrived, but were caught after chases which ended at Rolleston and Dunsandel, police said.

Katherine Pamela Allison, 20, of Redwood, and Joshua James Watkinson, 21, a factory worker of Coutts Island, made no bail applications and were remanded in custody. Allison will appear by video-link from the prison on April 21, and Watkinson was remanded for a video-link appearance on May 2, when an application for release on electronically monitored bail may be heard.

Applications for release on bail were abandoned for Douglas Anaru Lockley, 21, of Burnside, and Paratene Forreste Guy Aupouri-Coleman, a 26-year-old butcher, and both were remanded in custody for video-link appearances on April 21.

No pleas were entered on any of the charges.

Allison also faces charges of possession of a pipe for smoking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, failing to stop for the police, and dangerous driving at Lincoln.

Watkinson also faces charges of dangerous driving at Lincoln, driving while disqualified, and failing to stop for the police.

Lockley and Aupouri-Coleman face only the armed robbery charge.


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