Six Canterbury pub hold-ups al­leged

Pub rob­beries


A man who al­legedly shot a mother and daugh­ter near Rolle­ston last month is now ac­cused of six pub rob­beries.

Po­lice al­lege the 23-year-old man from the Chrischurch sub­urb of Ilam, who has in­terim name sup­pres­sion, was armed with a shot­gun when he held up Christchurch pubs The Hare­wood Tav­ern, Brick­works Bar and Restau­rant (twice), Trevino’s Restau­rant and Bar, the Springston Ho­tel in Sel­wyn, and the Ash­bur­ton Ho­tel.

Each of the in­ci­dents in­volved a lone gun­man. In sev­eral, shots were fired.

Five of the six ag­gra­vated rob­bery charges were laid against the 23-year-old in the Christchurch Dis­trict Court on Mon­day.

He al­ready faced two charges of wound­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm and two charges of pre­sent­ing a firearm at a per­son.

Po­lice launched a man­hunt on April 20 after the mother and daugh­ter were shot at a ru­ral home on New­tons Rd in Wee­dons about 9.30pm the pre­vi­ous night.

About two hours later, at 11.20pm, a man al­legedly walked into Ho­tel Ash­bur­ton and fired a shot be­fore flee­ing with cash.

Po­lice said four or five peo­ple were in the ho­tel at the time. Noone was in­jured.

The women were taken to Christchurch Hos­pi­tal with mod­er­ate and se­ri­ous in­juries. Their cur­rent con­di­tions are not known.

The man was ar­rested after armed po­lice swooped on a prop­erty on Pa­cific Dr in Rakaia Huts, south of Lee­ston, early on April 20.

Po­lice al­lege he pointed a shot­gun at a man in Rolle­ston the same day as the women were shot.

De­fence coun­sel Jonathan Ea­ton QC said he had or­dered a psy­chi­atric re­port for the man.

Judge Jane Far­ish re­manded him in cus­tody to ap­pear again on June 12.

He must en­ter pleas on that date, she said.

Ear­lier, a judge said iden­ti­fi­ca­tion would in­evitably be a crit­i­cal is­sue at any trial.

His de­fence ear­lier said it had com­mis­sioned a re­port to ex­plore men­tal health is­sues. ❚ The Hare­wood Tav­ern on March 10. ❚ Brick­works Bar and Restau­rant on March 14.

❚ Trevino’s Restau­rant and Bar on March 24.

❚ Brick­works Bar and Restau­rant for the sec­ond time on March 29.

❚ Springston Ho­tel on April 6, where two shots were fired.

❚ Ash­bur­ton Ho­tel on April 19, where one shot was fired.

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