Bail refused in deception case

Court House-general 3Electronically monitored bail has been refused for a second time for a 50-year-old Redwood man who is charged with obtaining nearly $93,000 by deception.

Kim Michael David Barwell, a painter and decorator, applied for release before Judge John Macdonald in the Christchurch District Court today, three months after his first application was declined.

A second application is permitted when there is “a material change in circumstances”.

Barwell denies 60 charges alleging he obtained the money by deception from an 82-year-old man, Frederick Adams. The money was said to be “cash loans”.

Barwell has been in custody since his arrest in March.

Since the arrest he has also been charged with obtaining $220 by deception from another alleged victim.

He had originally elected a judge-alone trial which was set down for hearing this week, but defence counsel Rupert Glover said Barwell had now elected trial by jury.

Judge Macdonald refused bail and remanded Barwell in custody for a Crown case review on September 19.

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