Teen in court over dead bus driver's stolen cash box

Bus driver Herman Curry. Photo / Supplied
Bus driver Herman Curry. Photo / Supplied

A 17-year-old appeared in Lower Hutt District Court today charged with stealing a cash box from the Waterloo bus depot where a driver died on Friday night.

The defendant has interim name suppression until his next appearance on May 15.

On Monday, an unemployed man, aged 20, was in court on an identical charge and was remanded until the same date. Both men are on bail and forbidden to have contact with each other. No pleas have been entered.

The cash box, containing $153.50, was that of bus driver Herman Curry, 64, who was found unconscious and face-down beside a petrol pump at the depot about 10pm last Friday.

He had head injuries but police have since said he died of a medical condition.

Remanding the teenager on bail today, Judge Peter Butler said it would be clearer at the next appearance whether further charges would be laid.

Two other boys, aged 15 and 16, have been referred to Youth Aid.

As well as being forbidden to have contact with the other three, the 17-year-old was ordered not to attempt to get in touch with prosecution witnesses.

Judge Butler put him on a 7pm to 7am daily curfew with no alcohol or drugs.

In a further condition, he is banned from going within 100m of the Waterloo bus depot

- APNZ

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