A former Queenstown taxi driver has been charged with theft
and making a false statement to police in relation to an
incident in the resort in February.
Gurinder Singh Samra (24), unemployed, appeared in the
Manukau District Court yesterday and was remanded on bail to
reappear on June 17.
He also faces an unrelated charge of causing loss by
Acting Detective Sergeant Matt Jones, of Queenstown, said the
charges of theft and making a false statement related to a
report Samra made to police in February, alleging he had been
the victim of an assault early on February 5.
At the time, he was employed as a taxi driver by Green Cabs.
Samra told police he had picked up a male passenger in the
central business district and had driven him to the
Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park camping ground about 3.15am.
He alleged he had been attacked and robbed of $700 by the
passenger and two other men.
Acting Det Sgt Jones said police wanted to thank the public
and media for their assistance in bringing the man to court.
Publicity led to the public contacting police, recognising a
caller who allegedly used Samra's cellphone to make a call to
the taxi company about an hour after the incident, as one of
''This information, together with a number of consistencies
in other information gathered and out-of-character behaviour
by [Samra], has led police to the conclusion that this is a
The case had tied up ''a considerable amount'' of police time
and resources, and given the matter was now before the court,
no further comment would be made, Acting Det Sgt Jones said.