Threats made on Facebook

21:32, Jun 12 2013

The younger brother of the man charged with murdering Picton woman Robyn Grace this year has been arrested for assault and threatening to kill.

Andrew Holl, 17, appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Monday charged with threatening to kill and assault with a weapon, namely a chair and a crutch.

It is understood the threatening charge is in relation to comments posted on Facebook.

Andrew Holl entered no plea on Monday. He was released on bail on a 24-hour curfew to a house in Picton and is scheduled to appear again on June 24.

Sergeant Kris Payne, of Picton, said a 17-year-old was arrested on Wednesday last week after an incident the day before at Queen Charlotte College in Picton.

A male student suffered minor injuries after being hit with a chair and a crutch in the school common room.


Threatening comments had been posted on Facebook that night and police were called to the school on Wednesday morning to investigate, Mr Payne said.

The student had been arrested and released on bail with a 24-hour curfew. He was arrested again on Friday for breaching his bail when he returned to Queen Charlotte College. He was held in police custody and appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Saturday and again Monday.

Queen Charlotte College principal Tom Parsons would not identify any students but said the 17-year-old arrested on Wednesday had voluntarily left the school on Friday.

"The student is no longer a student," Mr Parsons said. He would not comment further on the incident.

Andrew Holl's brother and sister-in-law, David Adrian Holl and Janelle Amanda Holl, are charged with murdering 43-year-old Robyn Grace at her Picton home on January 13.

David Holl, 19, unemployed, is believed to be Ms Grace's elder son. Both he and his wife are in custody in Christchurch and are to reappear in the Blenheim District Court on Monday.

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