Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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A man bailed after being arrested as part of nationwide police raids on suspected weapons training camps yesterday is tonight back in custody.

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Jamie Beattie Lockett, 46, of Takanini in Auckland was bailed by Auckland District Court Judge Josephine Bouchier this morning after appearing on firearms charges.

That decision was overturned last night in a late sitting at the High Court in Auckland following an appeal from the Crown.

Justice Helen Winkelmann said Judge Bouchier had failed to take into account that further "more serious" charges could be against Lockett under the Terrorism Suppression Act.

Police had produced a photograph "retrieved" from a security camera yesterday morning showing men wearing camouflage clothes and balaclavas training at a "para military-style" training camp in the Urerewas.

While only two of the group had so far been identified, police alleged Lockett attended the same camp about the same time.

Lockett was remanded in custody until Friday.

Lockett, who represented himself and had waived his right to interim name suppression, was one of five people who appeared in Auckland District Court yesterday after the police raids.

The Crown opposed his bail application at the hearing this morning.

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