Alleged armed robber denied bail

Last updated 12:58 12/06/2014
Stanmore Rd R18
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TWO MEN CHARGED: This R18 on Stanmore Rd, Linwood, was raided in the hour before synthetic highs became illegal.

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Bail has again been refused for a teenager charged with the armed robbery of a synthetic cannabis store in the hour before the drug was banned.

Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan said he was very conscious of Isaiah Herbert's age - he is just 18 - but he was refusing bail as the address proposed was not suitable.

Herbert, a gib stopper, wanted to be granted electronically monitored bail to live with his parents at their house in Phillipstown, but the application was opposed by the police and Probation Service.

His defence counsel, Paul Norcross, said the charge would be denied and Herbert faced a long remand in custody before trial if he were not granted bail.

Herbert was first refused bail by the same judge on the day of his arrest, May 8.

An alleged co-offender, 30-year-old Marcus Raphael Hatcher, of Avonhead, was released on bail on Monday.

Both men are now remanded to a case review hearing on July 28, which is the next step on the way to a jury trial.

Police have charged the pair with the knifepoint robbery of an R18 store in Stanmore Rd, Linwood, at 11.40pm on May 7.

They are alleged to have robbed the shop of synthetic cannabis and cash. Parliament's ban on the drug came into force at midnight that night.

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