Jerry Andrew Ngahere Pira
From High Court Sentencing noteshere(PDF)
Waikato Times, 24th April 2009
A young man who became involved in a spree of serious offending with his girlfriend's father was the pawn of his older, more sophisticated co-offender, the High Court in Hamilton was told yesterday. David Sutton, 23, of Tauwhare, was sentenced to two years and four months' jail after pleading guilty to six charges of receiving.
The charges relate to a host of robberies in August 2007, which targeted commercial premises in the Waikato and Wellington. More than $53,000 worth in goods and cash were taken in the spree, and the proceeds were shared between Sutton and his co-offender Jerry Andrew Ngahere Pira.
Pira, 48, was sentenced this week to eight years and three months' jail after pleading guilty to two charges of aggravated robbery and a charge of receiving. The court heard the victims were all recent immigrants who suffered financial hardship because of the offending. At the time, Sutton was in a relationship with Pira's daughter and lived at their Tauwhare home. "You were very much under Pira's influence in every way," Justice Harrison told Sutton.
Pira was the mastermind behind the offending and had a "shocking" criminal record dating back to 1978. Justice Harrison said Sutton was an impressionable person with an unfortunate background. He was easily led by more sophisticated associates but had since shown remorse for his offending. "If you are not to go back to prison again you will have to assert yourself," the judge told Sutton.
Waikato Times, 12th February 2008
Two Waikato men accused of embarking on a spree of armed and violent robberies may be undone by women's deodorant and several boxes of tampons. The items were among a hoard of property found at the home of Jerry Pira, 46, and David Jerome Sutton, 22, and which police believe were stolen in a series of raids in August last year.
The police yesterday laid out their case against the pair at a depositions hearing in the Hamilton District Court. Pira and Sutton face more than 40 charges between them, including aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful detention and threatening to kill, relating to seven robberies of dairies and liquor stores in August last year.
Prosecutor Tini Clark told Community Magistrate Rae Brooker that Pira and Sutton first struck at Jude's Dairy in Te Awamutu as the store was closing on August 5. The men, both armed with handguns, tied up the store owner and his 12-year-old son, Ms Clark said. The boy managed to free himself before untying his father. They tried to escape but either Pira or Sutton punched the store owner in the face and locked him and his son in a toilet.
The robbers made off with $1800, about $17,000 worth of cigarettes and a watch. Ms Clark said Pira and Sutton raided the Hillcrest Super Liquor in Hamilton five days later, threatening an employee with a gun before fleeing with $550, two bottles of whisky and "a large number of party pills".
The pair struck a dairy at the Urlich Ave shops the following night, again stealing cash and tobacco and punching a female employee in the face in the process. Two days later, on August 13, Pira and Sutton held up the River Rd Food Market at gunpoint, tying up the elderly store owner with tape and punching him several times in the face. Cigarettes, chocolate and about $250 were stolen. On August 15, a liquor store on Heaphy Tce was robbed by Pira and Sutton and a male shop worker was tied up.
Ms Clark said the pair fled the store with $405 cash, two mobile phones, a digital camera, an electronic diary, cigarettes and alcohol. The Clarkin Rd Liquor Inn and another dairy were also robbed, Ms Clark said. She told the court that Pira and Sutton's crime spree then moved to Wellington, where they robbed a dairy on August 23.
The man and woman who owned the store were tied up and the woman was struck in the head with a gun. Nearly $5500 was stolen. Ms Clark said when police searched the Tauwhare house Pira and Sutton shared, items allegedly stolen in some of the robberies were found, including deodorant bottles, boxes of tampons, bank deposit bags, tobacco, two bottles of liquor and a watch.
Tape matching that used to tie up one of the shop owners was also found in Sutton's car, and Ms Clark said phone records showed he sent text messages to his mother using a Sim card from one of the stolen cellphones. She said Sutton's car also received a parking ticket in Wellington about the time of the robbery he and Pira are accused of committing there. The hearing is expected to last most of the week.
Waikato Times, 6th September 2007
One of two men accused of six armed raids on dairies and liquor stores in Hamilton and Wellington last month faces 11 fresh charges - including six of kidnapping. The new charges were read out during the hearing of a bail application in the Hamilton District Court yesterday when David Jerome Abraham Sutton, 21, of Pukemoremore, appeared. He now faces six counts of aggravated robbery, one of attempted aggravated robbery, six of kidnapping, five of aggravated assault, three of threatening to kill, injuring with intent to injure and breaching community work.
Sutton and Jerry Andrew Ngahere Pira, 46, also of Pukemoremore, are accused of robberies in Te Awamutu, Hamilton, Upper Hutt and Wellington between August 5 and 23. Among the Waikato businesses allegedly targeted were a dairy on Kihikihi Rd, Te Awamutu, the Hillcrest Super Liquor, a dairy at the Urlich Ave shops and the River Road Foodmarket.
In applying for bail yesterday, Sutton's lawyer Mike Robb said Sutton had received "the treatment" while on remand in Waikeria Prison, and had the bruises to prove it. Police prosecutor Braden Hilton argued against Sutton being bailed. The victims were fearful of the defendant and his co-accused, Mr Hilton said. Sutton was denied bail.
Community Magistrate Rae Brooker remanded Sutton in custody to next appear in court on September 25 for pre-depositions. She said there were extremely serious matters before the court, and there was public concern about safety when these sorts of actions took place. Pira is to reappear in court on September 12.
Date of Birth
1961 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 10 years 7 months in September 1992
Sentenced to 8 years 3 months in April 2009
Additional Photos & Files
Associated Media Links Young man pawn of older criminal
Man accused of robberies also facing kidnap charges
Jerry Andrew Ngahere Pira Appeal Notes
Jerry Andrew Ngahere Pira Sentencing Notes 2009
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