Home invasion trio appear in court

By Sandra Conchie


The identity of three young men charged in relation to the home-invasion knifepoint robbery of a Welcome Bay family can now be revealed.


James Teahu Meldrum, 20, Shelden Chapman, 18, and Corey Chapman aged 22, all from Welcome Bay faced joint charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, threatening to kill and attempting to unlawfully take a motor vehicle when they appeared in Tauranga Community Magistrates' Court this morning.


The charges relate to the alleged invasion of a man's Waipuna Grove home at about 4am yesterday while he and his family slept.


It is also alleged the trio armed with knives threatened and assaulted the homeowner, stole money and a necklace before also trying to take make off with a $7000 Honda vehicle.


Police opposed bail for the trio who court documents show lived at the same address in the same street as their alleged victim did not seek bail today.


All three defendants were remanded in custody by consent by Community Magistrate Lesley Jensen, and are next due to appear in Tauranga District Court on June 17.

 

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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