Manawatu Standard article 19 September 2008
Two men have been jailed for their part in a wave of aggravated robberies that hit Manawatu dairies this year.At the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Anthony Parore-Hallett, 19, and Haami Hapakuku, 22, were both sent to prison for two separate robberies.Parore-Hallett received three years for the armed hold-up of a Featherston Street dairy in January, while Hapakuku was jailed for two years and six months for the attempted robbery of the Makino Road dairy, Feilding, in May.In sentencing Parore-Hallett, Judge Alistair Garland said a strong sentence was needed to warn others.
"The fact you targeted a neighbourhood dairy is of considerable concern."In recent times, there has been a rash of such robberies, which suggests to me there is a serious need for a deterrent sentence."The court heard how at 12.30pm on January 22, a balaclava-clad Parore-Hallett entered the Featherston Street dairy with a sawn-off, single-barrel shotgun.Whipping it out of a black plastic bag, he struck the shop owner behind the ear, grabbing three packets of cigarettes and demanding the till be opened. Then, thinking the alarm had been triggered, he ran.
He was later apprehended after appearing on TV show Police 10-7.In explanation, Parore-Hallett told police he was coerced into his crime by a man named "Nick" and two accomplices he had met earlier in the day.Crown prosecutor Evan McCaughan said Parore-Hallett's version of events "verges on wildly implausible".Parore-Hallett's counsel, Peter Coles, asked that the early guilty plea be taken into account."Your intention was only thwarted because of your own concern the victim had set off the alarm."
In the case of the Makino dairy, Hapakuku was charged with assault with intent to rob and possession of an offensive weapon.The court heard how he pulled a black t-shirt over his face, before entering the dairy on May 1, and flicked open a 10cm long knife.But the dairy owner pulled a baseball bat from behind the counter, sending Hapakuku fleeing empty- handed.Judge Garland said though Parore-Hallett was young, he had still brandished a sawn-off rifle with reckless abandon."Your intention was only thwarted because of your own concern the victim had set off the alarm."
In explanation, Hapakuku said he was bored and needed money.Hapakuku's counsel, Richard Bedford, argued for home detention.Judge Garland said given Hapakuku's excellent academic record, it was disappointing to see him in the dock."Unlike a lot of young people who come before the court involved in serious criminal offending, you have had a good education."It seems to me, you should have known better."Though the crime did seem opportunistic, it was still a grave offence, Judge Garland said.Parore-Hallett was sentenced to another five months in prison for a separate burglary in July, while Hapakuku received an extra month for carrying a weapon in public.
Date of Birth
Armed robbery in January 2008 and a burglary in July 2008
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 3 years and 5 months in November 2008
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