Custody remand on ‘skimming’ charges

Police opposed bail for a Canadian man and his nephew charged with bank card “skimming” in Christchurch over the last week.

The men, who live at different addresses in Quebec, made no bail applications when they appeared by video-link from the cells at the Christchurch District Court today.

They were arrested in Christchurch on Saturday, and jointly charged with two charges of accessing a computer system – a Westpac automatic teller machine – with intent to dishonestly obtain bankcard information.

Hoang Nguyen, a 39-year-old manager, and his nephew Quang Nguyen, 28, entered no pleas to the charges.

Duty lawyer Moana Cole said police opposed their release on bail and no application would be made today. She said they were Canadians and their situation was “complex”.

She said she would file an urgent application for legal aid for the pair so that bail could be considered after a brief remand.

Judge Gary MacAskill remanded both of them in custody for appearances on Wednesday.

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