Teacher on meth-for-supply charge

A Christchurch teacher has been charged with possession of 1.5g of methamphetamine for supply – an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The man, in his 50s, was granted interim name suppression by Judge Brian Callaghan until his next appearance in the Christchurch District Court on November 20.

In the meantime, he wants the suppression to allow him tell family members of his arrest but defence counsel Chris Nolan said a permanent order would be sought at a later hearing.

The teacher is charged with possession of the class A drug for supply at Christchurch on Friday, and possession of a pipe for smoking it.

He has entered no pleas, and was granted bail for the remand.

The man is jointly charged with a 46-year-old man, Richard Jody Williams, a screen printer, who was also granted bail and remanded to the same date. He will deny the charges.