Accused to fight charges over robberies at dairy

00:45, May 27 2014
victory dairy
SCENE OF THE CRIME: Police cordon off the area around the Victory Discounter Dairy, which was the target of an early morning robbery.

One of two men charged with the aggravated robbery of a Victory Square dairy in early May has pleaded not guilty.

Ihaka Kawana, 20, elected a jury trial in the Nelson District Court yesterday. He faces two charges of aggravated robbery and a new charge of theft over the value of $1000, and he will reappear before the court on June 17.

The charges relate to the robbery of Toi Toi dairy Victory Discounter on May 9 and another robbery at the same store on May 4.

After the incident police said they had recovered most of the cash and tobacco taken.

Kawana's 19-year-old alleged co-offender, who has interim name suppression, was scheduled to reappear today after being remanded on bail without a plea.

Kawana's case review hearing for the aggravated robbery charges will be held in August.

Currently in Christchurch, he appeared via new audiovisual link (AVL) technology that is being rolled out across the country.

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The Nelson Mail