Accused received threats on Facebook

Last updated 12:12 03/05/2012

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Two of the men accused of stealing a cashbox from a bus driver who later died have received threats on Facebook.

A 17-year-old man appeared at Lower Hutt District Court before Judge Peter Butler this morning facing charges of stealing.

When he arrived at court he asked to be taken into custody, because he feared for his safety.

The man, who has interim name suppression, was one of four young men who turned themselves in to police following the death of NZ Bus driver Herman Curry.

He is accused of taking a cashbox valued at $120 containing $153.50 in cash

He was remanded to appear later this month.

Defence counsel Chris Tennet said the accused and one other man charged in connection with the case had received threats on Facebook.

On Tuesday, a 20-year-old unemployed man from Waiwhetu appeared in Lower Hutt District Court this morning charged with stealing. He was remanded him on bail to appear in court again later this month.

Two boys aged 15 and 16 were referred to Youth Aid after they went to police on Sunday.

No further charges are likely to be laid.

Mr Curry, 64, was found lying unconscious with blood on his face next to a petrol pump at the Waterloo bus depot in Lower Hutt.

Ambulance staff tried to save the "honest, caring and generous" bus driver who had serious injuries to the back of his head, but he died at the scene.

Initial reports suggested Mr Curry was attacked and his cash box taken, but Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson said he died of a "medical condition''.

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