More charges expected in boat burglaries

Last updated 11:48 12/06/2014

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Police say more charges are likely against a Lyttelton man now charged with burglary of six boats in Picton.

Defence counsel David Goldwater said police had told him to expect that a "raft" of further charges would be laid against 42-year-old Sean Patrick Clark. The police prosecutor in court, Bronwen Blackmore, confirmed that.

Clark remains in custody on six boat burglary charges, unlawful possession of a firearm, and theft of a trailer, scooter, and number plate. He has entered no pleas.

The boats include Calbem, Lady Oh, a 36-foot launch, Easy Cat, Midnight, and Caballito Der Mar.

He made an appearance by video-link from the men's prison today, before Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan.

Goldwater said an application for Clark to be released on bail was being abandoned, but a new application would be filed for him to be granted electronically monitored bail to live at a Wellington address.

He is next due to appear on July 3, but the bail electronic application may be heard before that.

Goldwater said not guilty pleas were being indicated and the case may later be transferred to Marlborough for hearing.

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