Man in court for Winz gun threat

Last updated 12:26 03/09/2014

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A 38-year-old man accused of sending the Blenheim Work and Income office into lockdown yesterday has been remanded in custody without plea.

The Marlborough man appeared in the Blenheim District Court this morning. It is alleged he said over the phone, "I need to go in there with a shotgun and shoot somebody", referring to the Winz office in Blenheim.

He is charged with using a telecommunications device to knowingly give a fictitious message.

He entered no plea to the charge and was declined bail.

He has been remanded in custody to reappear before the court on September 8.

He was initially refused name suppression, but his lawyer then notified the court she would be appealing the decision.

The man was subdued during the short court appearance, looking at the ground for the majority of his bail hearing.

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- The Marlborough Express

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