Alleged jewel thief still in hospital

Last updated 15:55 14/03/2014

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An alleged jewel thief who broke bones in his feet running from police will seek bail next week after he gets out of hospital.

Graham Phillip Aspinall, 24, of Paraparaumu Beach, had been expected to make a bail application today on a charge of theft of $10,000 of jewellery and using an imitation firearm with intent to avoid arrest.

Aspinall was arrested in Paremata on Tuesday night.

During his attempt to escape he leapt off a railway bridge and broke bones in his feet. He is in Wellington Hospital and has not appeared in court this week.

His lawyer, Keith Jefferies, said Aspinall was not at court again today and there was no word on when he would be discharged. Aspinall would need to be in court for the bail application to be heard.

Wellington District Court Judge Heather Simpson remanded Aspinall until next week.

He is alleged to have grabbed jewellery from the Walker and Hall store on Lambton Quay before being chased by Superintendent Sandra Manderson, who backed off when he allegedly pulled a gun.


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- Fairfax Media

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