Tommy Tewhiri Winitana
From Hawkes Bay Today story 25th October, 2006
A 16-year-old youth was yesterday jailed for three years, three months after admitting the armed robberies of a video store and a takeaway bar in the Hastings suburb of Flaxmere. Tommy Te Whiri Winitana, of Flaxmere, was appearing for sentence in the Napier District Court. Judge Geoff Rea told him he wasn't impressed by submissions that the gun Winitana toted was an unloaded imitation. It had been used to make the victims believe it was real.
Winitana had turned 16 only a month before he and two others robbed the video store on July 6.
The second robbery, also with two accomplices, was a Sunday-night heist at a takeaway 17 days later. In both incidents, Winitana partially covered his face with a bandanna and carried a pistol, pointing it at a victim in the video store, and banging it against a till during the takeaway-bar robbery. A total of $661 was taken in the first robbery, and more than $200 in the second. Interviewed by police on July 24, three days after the second robbery, Winitana admitted his guilt and said he had needed the money, which wasn't recovered. Police arrested two others in relation to the takeaway robbery. A 20-year-old awaits a further appearance in the District Court, while a 15-year-old faces Youth Court processes.
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Armed robberies of a of a video store and a takeaway bar in Flaxmere, Hastings in July 2006
Sentenced to 3 years 3 months in October 2006
Parole eligibility date November 2007
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