Bizarre violent incident at mall

A 17-year-old has appeared in court facing eight charges after a bizarre incident at Westfield Mall in Riccarton on Sunday.

No address was available for a bail application to be made, so Brandon Brown, of Woolston, will remain in custody for an appearance by video-link from the prison on Thursday.

His parents were in court for his appearance before Judge Paul Kellar in the Christchurch District Court today.

Judge Kellar said the remand in custody needed to be as short as possible because of Brown’s age, and was told that a psychological screening process had already taken place since the arrest.

Brown is charged with robbing Michael Hill Jewellers, stealing a $5 metal bar at K-Mart, using the bar as a weapon to assault a woman, unlawful possession of an offensive weapon, threatening to kill people, disorderly behaviour at the mall, and intentionally damaging a rubbish bin and a metal bowl.

Duty lawyer Kirsty May told the court that no bail address was available and the police were opposing Brown’s release on bail, so no application could be made at present.

She said she was urgently applying for legal aid for Brown so that an application could be made at his next appearance.

Brown has entered no pleas to the charges.

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