Man arrested after standoff pleads not guilty to charges


June 22, 2019 - 63 views

A Christchurch man arrested at a Weston property after an hours-long standoff with police last month has pleaded not guilty to several charges.

Ricky Millar Rigby (43) was arrested on outstanding warrants at a Percy St address about 10.35pm on May 9 and charged with possession of utensils to smoke methamphetamine as a result of the incident, which was attended by armed police, including a dog squad, who swarmed the property.

An armed offenders squad from Dunedin was called in as a precaution.

In the Timaru District Court on Tuesday, Rigby did not enter a plea to the charge of possession of utensils to smoke methamphetamine, but pleaded not guilty to charges of refusing to permit a blood specimen; wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm; unlawful possession of a firearm; injuring with intent to injure; threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine.

Police had earlier appealed to the public for information on Rigby's whereabouts while investigating an alleged stabbing in Christchurch on April 30. He was remanded in custody to June 30.

Oamaru man Tanera Malachi Otene (21) also appeared on Tuesday and was denied electronically monitored bail.

He appeared before Judge Joanna Maze on three charges of kidnapping, two of aggravated robbery and one each of assault with a weapon, theft, aggravated assault, careless use of a motor vehicle and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

His alleged offending took place in Oamaru, Timaru and Dunedin from August 2018 until his arrest when he handed himself in at the Oamaru police station on January 21.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and elected a trial by jury.

Otene's next appearance is scheduled for July 9.

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