Charity box theft alleged

A 17-year-old has been placed under total curfew at home with his parents after being charged with stealing a Cure Kids charity box.

Police opposed bail for Daniel Tiwai Tuatau, of Avondale, when he appeared before Judge Paul Kellar at the Christchurch District Court today.

Judge Kellar told the teenager he would consider relaxing the strict curfew when Tuatau appears in court again on Monday on a series of charges, some of them allegedly committed while on bail.

Tuatau turned 17 and entered the adult court jurisdiction in July, and has been charged with two offences – assault using a hammer as a weapon and injuring with intent to injure – allegedly committed in October.

He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and has a case review hearing for a judge-alone trial set for February 24.

He was charged with breaching his bail by not coming to court as required in November.

Later in November, he was charged with intentional damage, and it is alleged that he stole the Cure Kids charity box valued at $50 on November 21 to 22. The exact location of the charity box was not disclosed in court.

Tuatau was in court for another bail breach for going to an area of the city where he is banned under his existing bail conditions. He admitted going through the area on his bicycle.

Judge Kellar granted bail for Tuatau to live at home with his parents under a 24-hour-a-day curfew, and said he would have the case called before him on Monday and would only consider relaxing the curfew if there had been no breaches.

The teenager was remanded to appear then on all the charges.

 

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