Bail again refused over shooting incident

A third bail application has been refused for a 24-year-old man allegedly shot in the face by the police in an incident in Woolston in February.

Murray James Allan, of Parklands, has now been remanded in custody to June 13 after a bail hearing before Judge Stephen O’Driscoll in the Christchurch District Court today.

He has previously been denied bail twice, but was allowed to make another application because the charges he faces have been downgraded.

Allan received a wound in the cheek in the incident on February 4, during a police stop and search of a vehicle.

Defence counsel Serina Bailey sought Allan’s release on bail, but after hearing submissions Judge O’Driscoll refused the application and further remanded Allan in custody.

He now faces charges of assaulting a police officer using a blank-firing pistol as a weapon, carrying an imitation firearm, and unlawful possession of a round of 9mm ammunition.

He originally faced charges including using a firearm against a police officer, which carries a much higher maximum penalty. That charge has been dropped.

The names of the police officers allegedly involved in the incident remain suppressed.

Allan denies the three remaining firearms charges, and three earlier charges of dishonestly using documents.

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