Vic­tory dairy rob­bers sen­tenced to four year prison terms

Nelson Mail - - NEWS -

Three men in­volved in the armed rob­bery of a Vic­tory dairy have been sen­tenced to jail.

Levi Ed­wards and Jake Howieson ap­peared in Nel­son Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day via au­dio­vi­sual link for their parts in the ag­gra­vated rob­bery of the dairy. Ed­wards was sen­tenced to four years, five months in jail, and Howieson to four years, eight months.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, in the Blen­heim Dis­trict Court, Vin­cent Kumeroa was sen­tenced to four years six months’ im­pris­on­ment for the ag­gra­vated rob­bery in July last year. All had pleaded guilty.

Ed­wards’ lawyer asked that a pre­vi­ous brain-in­jury be taken into ac­count, as char­ac­ter wit­nesses at­tested that his be­hav­iour changed af­ter the in­jury.

Judge Zohrab said many of Ed­wards’ pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions came be­fore the in­jury, which showed ‘‘a cer­tain at­ti­tude, par­tic­u­larly to­wards court or­ders’’, but ac­knowl­edged their se­ri­ous­ness did in­crease af­ter the in­jury.

The judge said he was re­luc­tant to grant Ed­wards dis­counts, as he ‘‘won­dered if [Ed­wards] had not al­ready had a rea­son­able ben­e­fit,’’ since the fact that Ed­wards sourced the weapon and took it into the shop was not taken into ac­count for his sen­tence start-point of six years, which was the same for all in­volved.

How­ever, the judge ac­knowl­edged that Ed­wards ap­peared gen­uinely re­morse­ful in letters writ­ten to the vic­tim and the court.

Howieson was the get-away driver in the rob­bery, a job which the judge de­scribed as ‘‘crit­i­cal’’ in the rob­bery indi­ca­tions.

‘‘Though you were the driver and did not go into the dairy, you had been in­volved in the plan­ning, you ob­tained the ve­hi­cle, and you were aware that there was a weapon to be used. The driver plays a crit­i­cal role in some­thing such as this, so you are equally guilty as the per­son who is point­ing the gun.’’ in the sen­tence

Ea­gle, 1,355 tons, un­load fish, MCQN; Holly May, re­pairs only, San­fords; Jean­nine, 1,460 tons, berth only, LU2; Tas­man Vik­ing, 372 tons, un­load fish, Slip; South­ern Star, 10,273 tons, MWN; Voy­ager P, 321 tons, un­load fish, LU3; La Guimorais, 24,725 tons, load logs, KQ; ANL Ela­roo, 18,358 tons, con­tain­ers, BQ; Antarc­tic Dis­cov­ery, 1,500 tons, un­load fish, Sealord. Ex­pected: Meridian Ace, 56,175 tons, un­load ve­hi­cles, MCQS, to­day; Kokako, 29,470 tons, MCQS, to­day; Mar­itime Vic­tory, 17,019 tons, load logs, KQ, to­day; Matuku, 23,735 tons, un­load pe­tro­leum, MWS, Satur­day; African Grouse, 23,750 tons, logs, KQ, Sun­day; Jo­hannes Maersk, 30,166 tons, con­tain­ers, MWS, Sun­day; Spirit of Can­ter­bury, 9,910 tons, con­tain­ers, BQ, Mon­day; Hope Is­land, 35,975 tons, con­tain­ers, MWS, Tues­day; Trans Fu­ture 5, 60,414 tons, un­load ve­hi­cles, load pro­cessed forestry, Tues­day; King Cot­ton, 21,205 tons, fer­tiliser, KQ, Tues­day.

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