Christchurch man charged over shooting, robbery

A 23-year-old arrested after a double shooting at Rolleston and the armed robbery of the Hotel Ashburton was remanded in custody at an appearance in the Christchurch District Court this afternoon.

Judge Alistair Garland remanded the Ilam man to May 11 without plea, at the request of defence counsel Helen Coutts.

Mrs Coutts, appearing on behalf of Jonathan Eaton QC, said no bail application was being made but she asked for an interim name suppression order.

She said the man had only been arrested at 7am and she wanted the suppression so that he could tell his family of his arrest and she wanted an opportunity “to explore mental health issues”.

The police supported an interim suppression order being made and it was granted by the judge. He said it was granted only until the man’s next appearance and would have to be supported by a full application in writing at that hearing if it was to be continued.

The man was arrested at the Rakaia Huts this morning, after an incident near Rolleston last night in which a mother and daughter were shot and wounded.

That incident was reported to the police about 9.30pm. The Hotel Ashburton was robbed at 11.20pm.

The man has been charged with wounding the two women with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and committing the Ashburton robbery while armed with a pump-action shotgun. He is said to have robbed a woman at the hotel of cash.

Police said four or five people were in the hotel at the time of the alleged robbery, in which a shot was fired. No-one was injured.

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