A Hamilton man has appeared in the Rotorua District Court facing two charges relating to a firearms incident in Rotorua last night.

The man, aged 25, appeared this afternoon charged with two counts of robbing two different women of vehicles while armed with a .270 calibre rifle. One vehicle was a Toyota Corolla and the other was a Ford Ranger.

He did not enter pleas to both charges. He appeared in court via audio visual link.

The man was represented by Tim Braithwaite.

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Judge Jocelyn Munroe granted interim name suppression and remanded him in custody to reappear on September 16. She also ordered a psychiatric report be done on the man.