Alleged armed robber granted bail
A 30-year-old Avonhead man charged with the armed robbery of a Linwood shop selling synthetic cannabis in the hour before its ban, has been granted release on electronically monitored bail.
Marcus Raphael Hatcher is one of two men jointly charged with robbing the Stanmore Rd R-18 store of cash and synthetic cannabis while armed with a knife.
Bail was refused at the time of his arrest and first court appearance on May 7, but it was reconsidered as an electronically monitored application before Judge Emma Smith in the Christchurch District Court today.
The proposed address had been approved and police were no longer opposing his release so Judge Smith allowed his release.
Hatcher and an 18-year-old Phillipstown man have both denied the armed robbery charge and are due to appear at a case review hearing on July 28, for the next step in the process of holding a jury trial.
The alleged robbery took place about 11.40pm on May 6, the night when Parliament's ban on synthetic cannabis products came into force at midnight.
Police allege that Hatcher was the driver.