Car dealer back in custody

A Christchurch car dealer already on bail on tax and dishonesty charges has ended up in custody after police laid a further charge.

Nigel Terrance William Thompson, 45, was refused bail by Christchurch District Court Judge Tony Couch when he appeared in court charged with dishonestly using a woman’s bank card.

Thompson had been on bail on other charges which he has denied. Those charges are heading for case reviews on June 10 and July 17– the next step on the way to trial.

Thompson faced a new charge this week which police had laid representatively — alleging the bank card had been used 28 times – of dishonestly using the woman’s bank card during April.

Defence counsel Craig Ruane sought Thompson’s release on bail but Judge Couch refused and remanded him in custody to appear again on the same date as the first case review.

Thompson had had interim name suppression while he was charged with tax and dishonesty offences last year, until the suppression was lifted in December.