A man who described his remand in prison without a lawyer as “outrageous” has finally been assigned a lawyer.
Nathaniel Graham Bourchier, 24, spent two weeks in Christchurch Men’s Prison without a lawyer after he was arrested on April 3.
An application for legal aid made on May 4 was not processed due to an “administrative error”, a Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said on Wednesday last week.
The delay prevented him from making a bail application.
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“I could have walked today,” he told the court last week.
Bourchier reappeared by audio-visual link at the Blenheim District Court on Monday.
His legal aid application had been processed and Philip Watson was assigned as his lawyer.
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Bourchier was charged with robbery on January 26 and damaging a toilet at the Blenheim police station on April 3, but did not enter a plea.
He was remanded in custody to May 8 for a electronically-monitored bail hearing, to decide if he could be bailed with an ankle bracelet to monitor his location.