Bail allowed on Ashburton burglary-related charges

Two men arrested after burglary-related incidents in Ashburton have been granted bail at the Christchurch District Court.

Matiu Morunga, 18, was remanded on bail to April 9 in the Ashburton District Court, when he will be expected to enter pleas to charges of burgling the Devon Tavern, receiving two stolen pouches of tobacco worth $160, and unlawfully interfering with a car.

Police did not oppose bail. Duty lawyer Michelle Barrell told Judge Tom Gilbert that police were not opposing Morunga’s release on bail, but he would live at an address in Northcote, Christchurch, until his court appearance in Ashburton.

Alizter Kolya Watson, 28, of Netherby, entered no plea to a charge of attempted burglary of the Turf Hotel, Ashburton, on Wednesday night. He was remanded on bail to live at an Ashburton address, with a series of conditions including a nightly curfew. Police had opposed his bail.

Watson was also remanded to appear in the Ashburton court on April 9.



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