Four charged with aggravated robbery

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 robbed.

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Initial charges of assault were withdrawn by police, as was a charge against the 18-year-old of stealing $270 from an unknown male.

That defendant is also charged with offering to supply cannabis to a person over the age of 18 in Albert Town on January 9.

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 bail.

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 said.

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.