Custody remand on armed home invasion robbery charge

A Linwood man smacked the side of the dock and shouted a gang salute when he was remanded in custody on a charge of armed robbery over an alleged Templeton home invasion on Sunday night.

Shaun Francis Whittaker, 41, a mechanic, was remanded in custody to September 14 after a bail hearing before Christchurch District Court Judge John Strettell.

He entered no pleas to the five charges, including robbing a man of an Apple iPhone, $30 cash, and four bank cards while armed with a small-barrelled firearm on Sunday.

Police said the incident happened about 7pm at a house in the Templeton area. Residents were unharmed but shaken by the incident.

Whittaker is also charged with using and attempting to use two of the four bank cards allegedly taken in the robbery.

He was arrested today, on a charge of assault and possession of an offensive weapon – a crossbow – in Colombo Street.

Duty lawyer Clare Yardley applied for bail and when it was refused, Whittaker shouted, smacked the side of the dock, and called out the gang salute, “Sieg Heil”, before he was taken back into the cells.

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