Man denies drive-by robbery

A 26-year-old man denies being involved in an inner-city street robbery early on Saturday morning.

Joshua Lukic, a Rangiora labourer, had his bail application delayed at a hearing before Judge Gary MacAskill in the Christchurch District Court today.

The police officer in charge of the investigation will be present to answer questions when the case is next called on January 23. Lukic will appear by video-link from the prison.

He is charged with pulling up alongside and then robbing two youths on Fitzgerald Avenue, near Tuam Street, with two unknown associates in the early hours of Saturday.

The two victims were allegedly robbed of $60, two cellphones, a hat, top, bag, four spray cans, a backpack, and a pack of pre-mixed drinks.

Defence counsel Serina Bailey told the court today that Lukic denied any involvement and said the car had been taken from him earlier by force.

The Press