Two New Plymouth men charged with kidnapping and robbery are to go to trial in the New Year.
Erron James Byles and David William Scadden have been in custody for eight months following their arrest after the alleged incident in New Plymouth on April 28.
The pair appeared in the New Plymouth District Court on Tuesday where they were given a nominal trial date of June 16.
Byles appeared in the dock in a smart dark suit while beside him Scadden wore a grey prison-issue tracksuit.
Judge Allan Roberts remarked to Byles he had never seen him in a suit before.
Byles, who was allowed out on bail for half a day, replied the suit was his own.
Byles is charged with kidnapping, three counts of threatening to kill, assault, aggravated robbery, assault with intent to injure and demanding to steal.
Scadden is jointly charged with the kidnapping, robbery and threatening to kill in addition to escaping lawful custody, failing to stop and dangerous driving two days after the alleged robbery.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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