Custody remand after pursuit incident

A man charged in relation to one of the police pursuits at New Brighton on Wednesday has agreed to be remanded in custody at two brief appearances at the Christchurch District Court.

Marcel Sydney Geros, 27, will remain in custody over the weekend and appear before Judge Raoul Neave on Tuesday morning to make application for bail.

He has entered no plea to a charge of unlawfully getting into a car relating to the first alleged police pursuit. He was arrested after that pursuit and was not in a van that was taken soon afterwards which struck and killed a pedestrian.

Another man is still being sought by the police for that fatal pursuit.

Geros first appeared in court by video-link but asked for his hearing to be delayed because he wanted to speak to duty lawyer Trudi Aickin about “a change of circumstances”.

It was called again later in the morning, when the remand for the bail hearing next week was arranged. Geros consented to being held in custody.

Media applications to photograph Geros during his appearance were delayed for consideration at the Tuesday hearing.