Dillon Timothy Olliver
From the Daily News 19th April 2002
Two men convicted for their part in the Christmas Day robbery and assault of a New Plymouth taxi driver were jailed yesterday. Dillon Timothy Olliver (18), who admitted a charge of aggravated robbery and another of possessing cannabis oil, was sentenced to two years and 14 days in jail. Jino Oliver Makatea (20), who had pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and attempting to take a motor vehicle, was jailed for 15 months. A third defendant, Ann Marie Makatea (34), of Porirua, charged with being an accessory to the crime, received eight months' periodic detention. The incident happened about 2am at Back Beach when the driver picked up a group of seven in his taxi van. When the group went to leave the van a dispute developed over the fare.
The driver was punched and robbed of about $60 in cash, a bag, jersey and a watch. Crown prosecutor Jonathan Ruthven told the court the driver feared for his life during the attack. "They (the group) used serious violence and caused serious damage to his safety." He received bruises to different parts of his body, and was now fearful of driving at night or of approaching young groups of people. Mr Ruthven said the three defendants had previous convictions, and he asked that jail terms of four to five years be imposed against Olliver and Makatea. Appearing for Olliver, Julian Hannam-Williams described his client as "honest, yet gullible". Olliver had played a secondary role, which included pulling the driver from behind and yelling at him. He had struggled to deal with the events and broke down during a police video, Mr Hannam-Williams said.
Makatea was a bystander to the attack, used no violence and only became involved when he attempted to drive the van away, said his counsel John Munro. He had expressed shame and remorse after reading of the impact on the driver. Appearing for Ann Makatea, Andrew Laurenson said her involvement was minimal and centered on the fact she had hidden the driver's watch the next day. Judge Patrick Toomey said while there was no evidence the attack was planned, the psychological impact on the driver was serious. The prevalence of this type of offending, and the fact that taxi drivers were more vulnerable, meant the sentences needed to act as a deterrent, he said. Two other people are to appear in court in relation to the assault.
Also from the Daily News 17th July 1999
A former Stratford youth, who was one of four involved in the invasion of an 87-year-old Stratford woman's home last March, was sentenced to 12 months in prison when he appeared in the Hawera District Court yesterday. Jino Oliver Makatea (17), unemployed, admitted charges of aggravated robbery and unlawfully taking a car, stemming from the home invasion, and charges of assault and theft from separate incidents in New Plymouth last month. Judge Christopher Harding said he tended to avoid imprisoning people of such a tender age, but imprisonment was the appropriate sentence in this case. Makatea was to have the charges relating to the home invasion heard in the youth court, but after the court was made aware of the other two charges, the case was moved to the district court.
"You were given a chance in the youth court to avoid conviction and make progress. You failed to do so," Judge Harding said. The judge made reference to the maximum sentences for the aggravated robbery (14 years) and unlawfully taking a car (seven years), and to the prison sentences of two others involved in the home invasion, who had already appeared in the district court. "The aggravated robbery and unlawfully taking of a car involved entering the house of an elderly woman who was understandably afraid," Judge Harding said. He said although the woman had suffered no physical injury, she had been caused considerable trauma.
Judge Harding described Makatea's assault charge where he broke the complainant's nose as serious and noted concern at his probation report.
"The probation report makes concerning reading. The probation officer describes you as having a complete lack of responsibility." Judge Harding took into account Makatea's previous clean record, his age, his lack of violence and early plea, but had no choice but to hand out a jail term. Makatea was given prison sentences of 12 months for the aggravated robbery, four months for stealing the car, six weeks for the assault and 21 days for stealing the T-shirt, all to be served concurrently.
Date of Birth
1983 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 2 years 2 weeks in April 2002
Sentenced to 7.5 months in December 2007
Released July 2008
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