Remands after dairy robbery incident

Police opposed bail for one of the two men charged over a robbery incident at an Addington dairy.

The men made brief appearances before Community Magistrate Leigh Langridge at the Christchurch District Court and were remanded without plea.

Joshua James Allan, a 36-year-old labourer from Aranui, and Jamal Richard Lawson, 29, from Hoon Hay are charged with assaulting a staff member at a dairy in Somerset Crescent with intent to rob him, while armed with a knife.

Police did not oppose bail for Allan. He was remanded to June 28, with bail conditions that he live at a specified address with a parent, report to the police three times a week, have no contact with the alleged victim and co-offender, and not go into Somerset Crescent.

Lawson’s bail was opposed and duty lawyer Tom Stevens said he would make no application today. Community Magistrate Langridge remanded him in custody for an appearance by video-link on June 25, when he will have a lawyer assigned and an application for release on bail may be considered.

Police described the incident as an attempted robbery. They said staff were threatened but nothing was taken and no-one was injured in the incident on Tuesday. The two men were arrested nearby soon after the incident.

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