Charge of assaulting tourist withdrawn

Four young defendants involved in an alleged robbery in Albert Town appeared in the Queenstown District Court on Tuesday.

The defendants, 15, 17, 18, and 20, appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Youth Court, jointly charged with assault with intent to injure a tourist on January 9. The assault charge was withdrawn but all four face a charge of robbing the tourist of $350.

The 20-year-old is expected to appear in the Invercargill District Court tomorrow for a bail application after being remanded in custody by consent.

The 18-year-old faces five other charges: threatening to injure with intent to intimidate on December 31, offering to sell Class C ritalin between August and December, offering to sell class B MDMA on September 5, offering to sell cannabis to persons over 18 on January 9, and resisting police on December 31. He was remanded in custody by consent to appear in the Youth Court in Queenstown on February 11.

The 15-year-old, whose case was heard via telephone link, and the 17-year-old were remanded on bail to the same date.

The Southland Times