Kerrin Brian Alexander Telfar
From Christchurch Press story 16th December 2005
Two aggravated robberies have earned a sentence of more than nine years jail for a 24-year-old man. Kerrin Brian Alexander Telfar, who got a quarter-share of the $31,000 haul from an armed robbery of the Shirley Lodge tavern, was yesterday jailed for 9 years by Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders. Telfar was found guilty by a jury on one charge of aggravated robbery and admitted a second charge. The judge said Telfar was one of three people who entered a house disguised on December 27 last year and menaced the occupants.
The second charge related to his part in the late-night robbery of the tavern in March, when an employee was held up with a loaded firearm and tied up. Telfar took part in a four-way split of the $31,000 stolen. He claimed the money was to be used "to help others in need". A co-offender, already jailed, was said to have inside knowledge of the business and what night would be best to rob it, and the employee was badly affected."There is not only a financial impact, but significant emotional trauma suffered by him," the judge said. In the house robbery, one victim had been physically affected and might need surgery, the judge said.
Crown prosecutor Jane Farish said both cases were "horrendous" examples of aggravated robbery, weapons being used in both, with multiple offenders and a degree of premeditation and planning. Telfar took an active role in both. She would ask for a minimum non-parole period because of the nature and timing of the offending, the crimes occurring close together. Lawyer Tony Garrett asked for the maximum credit for the guilty plea, and said it would be Telfar's first time in jail.
A non-parole period would compromise prospects of rehabilitation and could set a dangerous precedent for other offenders, Garrett said. The judge said Telfar was the father of two children and had fallen well short of his parental duties in involving himself in aggravated robbery. A reparation order would be unrealistic. The judge said he would not impose a minimum non-parole period, given Telfar would not be eligible for more than three years, and he would leave it for the Parole Board to assess.
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Aggravated and armed robbery of the Lodge Tavern in Christchurch on 16th February 2005
Also a home invasion robbery in December 2004
Neville Deveer McCausland
Sentenced to 9 years 6 months in December 2005
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