Man denied bail

The man who allegedly used a skateboard as a weapon to rob a tourist in broad daylight on Wednesday, appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Nga Hau E Wa Maru, 18, of Redwoodtown, has not pleaded to the charges of aggravated robbery and breach of community work.

Judge Pat Grace said Maru was positively identified by his victim who had only been in Blenheim for four days when the attack happened.

Maru is accused of punching the tourist, who is a vineyard worker, in the eye and stealing $80 from his wallet on the banks of the Taylor River on Saturday at 3pm. He used the victim's skateboard to threaten him with as he robbed him, police allege.

Maru's lawyer John Holdaway gave his client's young age and the fact he was in employment as reasons for bail. Judge Pat Grace spent some time considering the request, because bail should be granted to people of a young age, unless there are substantial reasons not to, he said.

Maru was denied bail because of a history of breaching bail conditions and the "raft of charges" he also faces, including assault and conspiring to deal cannabis and methamphetamine, said Judge Grace.

Maru will next appear in court on July 18.


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