Couple fights to keep suppression

Name suppression for a couple who have been charged with a $1.4m theft will be appealed in the High Court in Christchurch after Judge Paul Kellar refused to continue the order today.

The jointly charged couple pleaded not guilty to charges involving accessing a computer system to dishonestly obtain $1,340,900, and stealing the money from a woman.

They are also facing three further charges of stealing $52,600 from the woman, and three of accessing a computer system to obtain the money.

The charges refer to alleged offending in 2016 and 2017.

In the Christchurch District Court Judge Paul Kellar accepted their not guilty pleas, refused the interim name suppression application, and remanded the pair on bail for a Crown case review hearing on July 18.

Defence counsel Anselm Williams told Judge Kellar they were going to appeal his decision on lifting name suppression, and he continued the order until the appeal is heard.

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