5 April 2021

Second man enters not guilty plea over Belconnen shooting

| Albert McKnight
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Bradley Joe Roberts has entered a not guilty plea to a charge of aggravated burglary. Photo: File.

A second man has been charged in relation to a shooting in Belconnen last month.

Bradley Joe Roberts, 22, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated burglary with intent to cause harm at a Spence home early on the morning of 11 March.

Mr Roberts was arrested on 31 March and did not apply for bail when he appeared by audio-visual link in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday (1 April).

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Sugimatatihuna Bernard Gabriel Mena, also aged 22, has been charged with intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm and two counts of discharging a firearm endangering life. He did not apply for bail when he appeared before the court.

Magistrate Jane Campbell said Mr Roberts’ charge alleged on 11 March he had entered the property in Spence in the company of Mr Mena, as well as a third person, with the intent to cause harm to another person.

Mr Roberts will remain in custody before his next court appearance on 13 May for a pre-hearing mention. Mr Mena will return to court on 13 April and has not yet entered pleas.

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