Court appearance after armed call-out

Rangiora-sign2The man who triggered an armed police raid in Rangiora has been remanded in custody after appearing in the Christchurch District Court Tuesday.

Michael Scott Holdem, 38, was arrested after a domestic incident about midday on July 4.

He has been charged with threatening to do grievous bodily harm to a woman, assaulting the same woman, carrying a .22 calibre rifle, burgling a house at Main North Road, Woodend, being in unlawful possession of an explosive – Power Gel – a shotgun, and three .22 calibre rifles.

Duty lawyer Colin Eason said Holdem was not applying for bail at his first appearance, and had applied for legal aid.

Judge Gary McAskill remanded Holdem in custody to appear by video-link from the Christchurch Men’s Prison on July 21.

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