3 charged over Christchurch bottle store burglary

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Two teenagers have been remanded in custody without plea on charges brought following a violent liquor store burglary in Christchurch.

The boys – aged 15 and 16 – were charged with aggravated robbery and unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle after an ordeal which saw a shop attendant bottled four times at Woolston Liquor store late on Saturday night.

Security camera footage released following the robbery show the attendant, later named as Gursharan Singh, being repeatedly hit over the head with bottles of liquor.

Several regular statutory suppressions are in place to prevent publication of the boys' names, addresses, family and other identifying details.

Judge Jane McMeeken rejected one of the boys' application for bail at today's hearing. Both were remanded in custody to allow time for legal advice and will reappear before the court tomorrow.

A third teenager connected to the case, aged 17, was referred to the Christchurch District Court on more serious charges of aggravated robbery, assault with intent to injure, unlawfully taking a car and driving while forbidden.

He is due to appear later today and is yet to enter a plea.

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