Accused Anzac thief remains in custody

Last updated 16:35 10/06/2013

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July 1 has been set for the trial of a man charged with stealing musical instruments worth $10,000 from Christchurch's Anzac Day dawn service.

Wade Clinton Jeffs, 35, maintained his not guilty plea at a status hearing before Christchurch District Court Judge Gary MacAskill today, and the date was set for the defended hearing of up to two hours.

The hearing will be before a judge.

Tony Garrett appeared as defence counsel when Jeffs pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing at a bar, disorderly behaviour, and breach of the liquor ban in the Botanic Gardens.

Jeffs, unemployed and of no fixed abode, is accused of grabbing a bag containing a cornet and a trumpet as he cycled past the area where the dawn service was being held.

He would then not speak to his first lawyer and tried to make a bail application himself.

When it was refused by Judge MacAskill a few days after his arrest in April, Jeffs was remanded in custody and will now remain in custody until his hearing.

He has been convicted on the three charges where he has entered guilty pleas but the sentencing is being delayed until the defended hearing is held.

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