Alleged rest home intruder charged

A Somerfield man has been charged with two offences which have prompted a police warning about rest home security.

Jolian Wayne Thomas King, 42, was granted a registrar’s remand without needing to appear in court before a judge at the Christchurch District Court.

He entered no pleas to charges of entering an enclosed yard with intent to commit a crime, and being found without excuse in a building in Cashmere. Police allege the offences took place in June 2017, and on Monday.

The registrar remanded him on bail for another appearance on May 1. She imposed a bail condition that he was not allowed to go to the rest home allegedly involved.

Constable Gina Farmer of the Christchurch police said: “This arrest comes as a reminder that everyone can take steps to protect property and vehicles in order to help avoid becoming a victim of crime.

“For people living in rest homes it is particularly important to be aware of suspicious or unknown people in and around your residence.”

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