A man has admitted his role in a clothing theft that left only “one hanger” after nearly 2,000 samples were taken from the business premises of fashion designer Dame Trelise Cooper.
At the end of October, the famous fashion designer’s Auckland showroom was broken into, which was a ‘kick in the guts’ for Cooper’s 100 staff and affected a breast cancer charity fashion night. in Tauranga.
In Auckland District Court on Friday, a 42-year-old man admitted two charges of deception and one charge of burglary.
A 46-year-old woman, listed as a florist in court documents, may now be called Andrea Nicole Edwards, and a 45-year-old cake decorator is still on trial on the charges against her.
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The man’s lawyer, Katrina Hamblin, has called for the removal to continue for her client until his conviction in September.
In a previous hearing, the man claimed he was “well known” in the television industry and that if named it would jeopardize his fair trial rights.
Judge Eddie Paul dismissed both claims and said the heist of 2,000 high-end fashion items, valued at approximately $ 750,000, spoke for itself and that there was a genuine public interest. for the publication of the names of the accused.
The cake decorator’s lawyer and Hamblin immediately appealed the decision. They can be appointed within seven days if no appeal is filed.
The florist denied receiving $ 500,000 in stolen goods and the 45-year-old cake retailer denied receiving $ 1,500 in merchandise. The cake retailer has the name provisionally deleted until trial in February next year.
In May, a 26-year-old woman was charged with receiving $ 8,000 worth of Trelise Cooper branded clothing.
The heist was discovered when staff returned after the weekend, Cooper said previously Thing.
She said staff were present until 4 p.m. Saturday and the robbery took place some time after.
âWe arrived for work on Monday morning without any samples in the sampling room. “
Cooper said a sample coordinator went to start collecting samples.
“It was a slow dawn that, ‘Oh my God, they’re all gone.'”