Taumarunui gunman in court

A Taumarunui man facing charges after allegedly threatening locals and stealing vehicles has been awarded interim name suppression.

The man, 19, appeared before Justice of the Peace Graeme Cossford in the Taumarunui District Court today on charges of burglary, stealing a $3000 vehicle belonging to the Salvation Army, using a .22 rifle to commit a theft and using a knife to rob a man of his Toyota Landcruiser Prada after Sunday's incident.

Appearing on behalf of the man, lawyer Natasha Simpson successfully argued for name suppression because the man  was yet to have a chance to seek legal counsel, police were still investigating the incident and more charges could be laid. The man was also yet to tell all his family.