Tiaki Lance Ereuti Phillips
NZ Herald story here
Hawkes Bay Today story here
Hawkes Bay Today story 2 May 2008
"Dad say do nw, pigs r al at da national." "That was one of the text messages a mother sent to her partner, giving the green light to rob a Hastings bank last year. In the Napier District Court on Wednesday, the Crown stated Natasha Janelle Ross, 21, sent the text at 1.51pm, on April 27, to her boyfriend, Tiaki Phillips, informing him police were attending to matters at the National Bank in Queen St, so it would be a "gud time" to rob the other National Bank, at Stortford Lodge.
She was aware of police whereabouts as she had a scanner in her car. Earlier that day, Ross, of Hastings, had sent a text message stating the Lowe Walker helicopter used by police was locked in its shed. Phillips responded to her texts and robbed the targeted bank. He pointed a pistol at bank staff, then jumped a teller's counter and took money from the cashier's draw. Phillips then went to a room at the back of the bank and stole coins and notes from a desk.
Judge Bridget Mackintosh believed Ross felt emotionally pressured to assist with the crime due to her relationship with Phillips. "It's one of those situations when you end up in a situation without strength to disassociate (yourself) with what was involved. "However, "you walk a tightrope between going to jail, or not". She sentenced Ross to nine months' home detention and 250 hours' community work. Phillips was sentenced to six years' imprisonment in October last year.
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Attempted murder of another inmate at Hawke's Bay Regional prison in October 2009
Dangerous driving, wounding with intent to cause grievous body harm, unlawful possession of a firearm, giving false details and perverting the course of justice in Hastings in early 2007
Sentenced to 8 years 9 months in October 2007
A cumulative 8 year term was imposed in November 2010
Making a total sentence of 16 years 9 months
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