Man in custody on medal burglary charge

A man alleged to have stolen a priceless and historic war medal in the burglary of a Redwood house, faced a total of 15 charges when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.

Joshua Lukic, 30, appeared by video-link from the prison and was further remanded in custody by Judge Emma Smith to February 5 on all charges.

Three burglary charges were laid against him last week, alleging house break-ins at Johns Road, Harewood Road, and the house in Redwood.

In the Redwood break-in on December 18, the householders say property taken included a 42-year-old engagement ring, other jewellery, foreign currency, digital cameras, Fire Service medals, and an uncle’s New Zealand Memorial Cross, given to the family after he was killed fighting at El Alamein, in Egypt, in World War 2.

That medal is engraved on the back with the name of Private K L T Jones.

Lukic has entered no pleas to those latest charges.

Defence counsel Donald Dickson requested the remand on all charges.

Lukic faces a total of seven burglary charges, two of aggravated assault, two of fraudulently using a document, and one each of theft, unlawfully interfering with a vehicle, resisting the police, and escaping from police.

He has denied three of the charges: interfering with the vehicle, one burglary, and one fraud.

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