Green denies charges
A Nelson man who barricaded himself in a Blenheim motel room and threatened to blow himself up has denied a series of charges against him.
Gary Ramon Neville Green, 40, of Nelson asked to be tried by a jury when he appeared in the Blenheim District Court today.
Green denied three charges of burglary, and one charge each of theft, possession of a lightbulb for smoking methamphetamine and making a false statement of a crime.
He did not enter a plea on a charge of intentional damage of the Blenheim Spa Motel room where he barricaded himself on January 30.
Judge Tony Zohrab denied Green bail and remanded him to return on March 18.
A mental health report showed Green was fit to plead and there was "no issue with his sanity", he said.
Duty solicitor Philip Watson, who represented Green in court, said Green had been assigned a lawyer paid for by legal aid, but had declined the lawyer saying he wanted to hire his own lawyer to fight charges he said the police were making up.
Green wanted bail so he could get work and work with a lawyer on his case, Mr Watson said.
Judge Zohrab said it was clear Green could not pay for a lawyer and urged him to take up the offer of the legal aid lawyer.
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