Another remand for youths accused of violent Chch liquor store robbery

Gursharan Singh was allegedly assaulted by youths who smashed bottles over his head at Super Liquor Woolston.
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Gursharan Singh was allegedly assaulted by youths who smashed bottles over his head at Super Liquor Woolston.

Two youths who allegedly robbed a liquor store and smashed bottles over an assistant's head have been remanded in custody again. 

Two of the three suspects made second appearances in the Christchurch Youth Court on Tuesday to face charges of aggravated robbery and unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle.

Judge Callaghan made an order suppressing the publication of security footage – either moving or still – which showed the alleged offenders smashing bottles of liquor over the head of the shop assistant. 

Both were arrested on Sunday after a robbery at the Woolston Liquor Store, on Ferry Rd, late on Saturday night.

The liquor store worker, Gursharan Singh, said he thought he might die after he was smashed over the head with a bottle of spirits during the robbery. 

The youth advocate appearing for both youths, Colin Eason, made no bail applications in court. Judge Callaghan remanded them in custody to appear on September 8.

One youth will be held in the Youth Justice facility at Te Puna Wai near Christchurch. The other will be taken to Palmerston North where there is a bed available for the week.

A third teenager, Tamatea Lorenzo Briggs, who has just turned 17, appeared in the district court on Monday and was remanded in custody to September 21.

Briggs is charged with aggravated robbery of the liquor store, assault with intent to injure, unlawfully taking a car, and driving while forbidden.

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