Benjamen Justin Wade
Waikato Times story February 11th 1997
Police have applied for blood samples from four men who bashed and robbed people in Raglan and Pukekawa. This is the first time Waikato police have applied in court for samples from armed robbers. In December, rapist Leo Darin Goodwin, of Morrinsville, was ordered to provide blood for the police DNA databank under the Criminal Investigations (Blood Samples) Act, which came into force in August.
The robbers' DNA will go on file so they can be easily tracked if they offend again. At Hamilton District Court yesterday Judge Robert Wolff jailed the four for their parts in the bashing and robbing of four people asleep in two cars in Raglan early on December 28, and three people asleep in their Pukekawa store later that day. Two unemployed men from Morrinsville, Abraham Pairama, 31, who drove the get-away cars and Massey John Wade, 27, were jailed for 11 years and 10 1/2 years respectively. Jason Valentino Pairama, 27, unemployed, of Kaitaia, was jailed for 11 years.
All three were charged with three aggravated robberies and taking two cars. Benjamen Justin Wade, 23, unemployed, of Morrinsville, was jailed for eight years for the Pukekawa store robbery and taking a car. Driver Abraham Pairama apologised to his victims in court, turning round and looking into the packed gallery for the people who had faced his group's softball bat bashings. "Sorry, whoever you are." Some victims and their families were crying.
After the sentencing, one of the victims, 19, said she would emigrate to Australia in five days. "I can't live here any more." She was asleep in the car with her boyfriend, after driving out of Auckland "to get away from the city", when three men started screaming "give me your f. . . money", she said. Her boyfriend, a 20- year-old courier from Auckland, rolled on top of her to protect her from the repeated softball bat blows. A Te Awamutu surfer, 21, asleep on the ground outside his car waiting to catch the early waves, was woken by men demanding money. "I said something smart and they just whacked me."His friend half-carried him to the next bay to raise the alarm.
Date of Birth
Aggravated robbery and unlawfully taking a car in Pukekawa in December 1996
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to eight years in February 1997
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