Youth on shotgun charges released on bail

One of the youths charged with a car-to-car shotgun incident in central Christchurch last weekend is being released on bail from 10am tomorrow, but will have to live in Taupo during his remand.

Judge Oke Blaikie decided to release him into the custody of his grandfather who was in Christchurch District Court today for the bail hearing.

The police still opposed bail for Casey Aaron Mike Gathergood, a 17-year-old Rolleston youth, who has been charged with discharging a firearm with intent to do grievous bodily harm to four people who were in another car, unlawfully possessing a shotgun, presenting the firearm, and the burglary of a shipping container which contained firearms.

Police are alleging he was the driver of the vehicle from which the shot was fired at another car.

During the remand period, Gathergood will have to abide by a 7pm to 7am curfew, report to Taupo police three times a week, and have no contact with his alleged co-offender.

He will be released from custody at 10am tomorrow to travel north with his grandfather.

He was remanded to a pre-depositions conference on September 4.

No bail application went ahead for the other youth who has been charged, 17-year-old factory hand Jacob Oscar Murray, also of Rolleston, and he was further remanded in custody to next Friday.

He faces the joint charge of firing the shotgun with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, being in charge of the weapon when he was too drunk to have proper control of it, presenting the firearm, and burglary.

No pleas have been entered.

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