Man admits Coasters Tavern robbery
A 24-year-old man has admitted the armed hold-up of the Coasters Tavern in Redwood on January 26.
Jackson Whakatihi, also known as Jackson Manson, pleaded guilty to charges of robbing the bar of $15,000 while armed with a shotgun, and possession of cannabis.
A charge of receiving stolen property was withdrawn, and defence counsel Tim Fournier told the court that police inquiries were continuing on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Whakatihi pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault with intent to rob arising from an armed incident on the same night at The Brewery at The Tannery in Woolston.
In the second incident the robbers could not get the safe open and left without any money.
Both robbery-related charges refer to Whakatihi and an unknown person.
Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders remanded all the charges against Whakatihi to a case review hearing on May 19.
Whakatihi remains in custody.