A 19-year-old Queenstown man has been remanded in custody
until November 4 after being arrested by Queenstown police
twice in the past week.
Esafe Katoa was remanded by Judge Kevin Phillips in the
Queenstown District Court yesterday for a mental health
assessment under Section 38 of the Mental Health Act.
He faces three charges relating to two separate incidents,
the most recent early on Sunday.
Senior Constable Chris Blackford said Katoa allegedly
approached another another man at 2.30am and made him buy him
some fast food before making him swap jackets. He also
allegedly took $1300 from the victim's account at an ATM.
Police apprehended Katoa a short time later and charged him
with demanding money from the victim with menaces, with
intent to steal it.
He was further charged with injuring a man with intent by
striking him on the nose with his elbow; and assaulting
another man with intent to injure him by punching him with a
closed fist to the face, both on October 17.