Charges of aggravated robbery have been laid against four
males in relation to a violent incident in Albert Town last
week, during which a tourist was allegedly assaulted and
The defendants, aged 15, 17, 18 and 20, all face one charge
of robbing Moreno Antonio de Meyere of $350 cash in Albert
Town on January 9.
Initial charges of assault were withdrawn by police, as was a
charge against the 18-year-old of stealing $270 from an
That defendant is also charged with offering to supply
cannabis to a person over the age of 18 in Albert Town on
The 15-year-old, who is in Child, Youth and Family care, was
not present in the Queenstown Youth Court yesterday, but was
dealt with by Judge Michael Turner via telephone link.
He has been remanded to February 11 when he will possibly
appear again by video link.
The 17-year-old will also appear in the Queenstown Youth
Court on February 11, having previously been remanded on
On Monday, Judge Turner remanded the remaining two defendants
in custody for bail applications.
However, duty solicitor Sonia Vidal said in light of the
aggravated robbery charge being laid, she was in no position
to make an application for the 20-year-old, who was remanded
in custody by consent until Friday.
Legal aid applications would need to be progressed urgently
and the 20-year-old also needed to select his lawyer, she
Meanwhile, the 18-year-old, represented by defence counsel
Mike Newell, was granted bail about 6pm yesterday.
Based on instructions he had received and information in the
police summary, ''I believe that he will be defending the
charge'', Mr Newell said.
Police opposed bail on the grounds the alleged offending
occurred while the 18-year-old was on bail, there was a risk
he would interfere with witnesses and that he would fail to
appear in court.
As conditions of his bail, the defendant is not to associate
with his alleged co-offenders, possess illegal drugs, be
found intoxicated in public or go to Albert Town.