Drugs and robbery accused appear in court

MALCOLM Kenneth Hodder (27) and Joshua Te Awhitu Winikerei (32) appeared in custody as co-accused on multiple charges in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

Police allege Mr Hodder entered a house and stole a car. It is alleged he drove the car recklessly on a public road and hit a Jeep.

The court heard Mr Hodder took off on foot and was located later by police with the keys.

Mr Hodder was not required to enter a plea today.

The police prosecutor asked Magistrate Vivien Edwards to oppose bail, claiming Mr Hodder was a risk to the community.

�I�m not a risk your honour, I�ve stayed out of trouble for six months,� he said.

The $50,000 Jeep was written off in the accident.

Mr Hodder was not granted bail and will reappear via video link on June 2.

Magistrate Edwards had to ask Mr Winikerei to �pay attention to me please,� when he appeared.

Mr Winikerei�s attention kept drifting back to his partner, who was sitting in the public gallery.

It is alleged Mr Winikerei breached an intensive supervision order when he allegedly committed the offences.

Magistrate Edwards asked Mr Winikerei why she should not oppose bail.

�I would just like to say goodbye to my boys,� he said. �I�m just trying to get my life together.�

Mr Winikerei was denied bail as he was deemed a flight risk because he is from New Zealand.

He was not required to enter a plea today.

Mr Winikerei will reappear on June 2 via video link.

Both men were arrested last night as a result of an ongoing investigation by Mandurah Detectives, with the assistance of Mandurah Police and Rockingham Detectives, into robbery offences.

Police executed search warrants on homes in Hackett Street, Stewart Street and Wyeree Road in Mandurah.

It is alleged during the search warrants police located and seized a number of items of interest – including stolen property, firearms and ammunition.

Mr Hodder�s charges included aggravated burglary and commit offence in dwelling, being the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident where property was damaged, failed to stop when required to do so, drove a motor vehicle in a manner that was inherently dangerous to escape pursuit, holder of learners permit subject to conditions, drove motor vehicle other in conformity with conditions of permit, posses a prohibited drug � amphetamine, steal a motor vehicle, steal a motor vehicle and drive recklessly, and stealing.

Mr Winikerei�s charges included aggravated burglary and commit offence in dwelling, breaching bail, stealing a motor vehicle and stealing.