Matthew Theunissen

Matthew Theunissen is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Teenager remanded over threat to kill college students

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A teenager is facing serious charges for allegedly threatening to kill students at his former high school, and for allegedly trying to break into a female friend's house armed with a knife.

The teenager, who has interim name suppression, was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday charged with threatening to kill unnamed students at One Tree Hill College, possession of an offensive weapon and entering a building with intent to commit a crime.

According to the police summary of facts, on April 11 the accused sent a text message to the young woman's friend in which he threatened to "take down" students at his former high school.

"I'm going to be my enemies' worst nightmare at school," he allegedly wrote.

Police also say that at about 4.30am on Tuesday he went to the friend's house in the Auckland suburb of Mt Wellington armed with a knife and started banging on a window, saying he wanted see her.

Sergeant Ivan Felton, of Mt Wellington police, said he prised the window open to get in, but the friend called police and he was arrested.

No one was hurt.

In court, defence lawyer Adam Holland said the accused and the young woman had been associated with each other for some time.

The defence team had intended to apply for bail, but decided not to after reviewing the file.

Mr Holland said they were seeking an address he could be bailed to outside of Auckland.

The accused applied for and was granted interim name suppression on the basis that his identification could potentially draw unwanted attention to the victim, and to allow time for his extended family to be notified of the allegations.

He was remanded in custody to appear again later this month.

One Tree Hill College principal Nick Coughlan did not know details of what had happened, but stressed the accused had not been a student at the school for a long time.

"Obviously this is a young man who needs some support," Mr Coughlan said.

- APNZ

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