Two men charged with the aggravated burglary of a Hamilton liquor store have appeared in court.
Isaiah Wong-Tung, 20, was granted bail by Judge Robert Spear when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court yesterday, but his co-accused Cory Robert Watson, 27, was not so lucky.
Wong-Tung, Watson and a third man are alleged to have been armed and masked, with one armed with a crow bar, when they stormed into The Mill Liquorsave on Willoughby St about noon on January 13.
They are accused of jumping over the counter and stealing items from the store, including four donation boxes before fleeing.
Wong-Tung's lawyer Mark Sturm said despite the seriousness of the charge his client had no other convictions in the adult court.
Judge Spear that while Wong-Tung may pose "something of a risk" in reoffending, he was still young and deserved a chance.
However, he would serve his bail on a 24 hour curfew, to be be reviewed after three months.
Meanwhile, Judge Spear was not interested in bailing Watson, advising his lawyer Gavin Boot to file an application for electronically-monitored bail.
The pair will reappear on February 3.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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