There is no doubt that the circumstances of the robbery and burglary were a cause for considerable concern in the local community at Ohakune where they occurred and, indeed, throughout New Zealand. The respondent was one of four men who planned the break-in of a home at night. In the course of carrying out a robbery in which cash, wallets, credit cards, jewellery, watches and firearms having a total value of at least $5000 were taken, the co-offenders attacked the occupants, a husband and wife and their adult son, striking them blows which in some instances involved the use of a weapon. All three occupants suffered cuts and bruises, including injuries to their heads. They were also tied up. They have suffered serious emotional effects.
Easily the worst incident during the offending was the raping of the female victim by one of the co-offenders. Material before the Court does not reveal the length of time during which the offending continued but it must have been at least an hour and, in any event, it was long enough for two of the co-offenders to emerge from the house with stolen credit and bank cards and for the respondent then to drive them to an ATM machine in Ohakune where they tried unsuccessfully to use those cards to withdraw money from the victims’ bank account. The respondent then drove them back to the house. In the meantime, however, the victims had managed to fight off the third co-offender, who had run off, and the police were then called.
The role played by the respondent was that he was involved in the planning of the attack on the house and he drove the car in which the offenders went to and from the property. This included driving all of them away afterwards when the police had been alerted. And, of course, he was driving when the attempt was made to obtain money from the ATM machine. The respondent also obtained the weapons and equipment used by the offenders (two imitation pistols, a slasher, a tomahawk and some rope as well as gloves and socks which the offenders wore on their hands).
Date of Birth
1980 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Rico Mareikura was the lead offender
Sentenced to just years in July 1999
Unsuccessfully increased by the Crown on appeal
Due for release August 2001
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