Robbery attempt at city money machine

March 24, 2016 | By More

City Centre sign-01A man getting money from a Colombo Street automatic teller machine was stabbed twice during a robbery attempt.

Jason Errol East, 45, admitted being the robber at an appearance in the Christchurch District Court when he pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated wounding.

Judge Tony Couch gave him a first strike warning and remanded him in custody for sentencing on May 4.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Fiona Roberts said that at 6.58am on June 12, 2015, the victim went to an automatic teller machine on Colombo Street and withdrew $280 to pay for firewood. As he was about to remove the cash from the machine, East walked up and stood beside him.

East said something, but the victim could not make out what was being said.

East then said, “I’ll stab you”, and pushed the victim over next to the money machine. The victim rolled onto his back and began swearing and kicking out at East to protect himself.

While he was doing that, East stabbed him twice in the left calf muscle with a small knife before fleeing through properties.

One wound was 12mm wide and 20mm deep, and the other was 10mm wide and 4mm deep. Both were closed with sutures at the hospital. The victim also had a sore back from his fall.

East made not comment when police caught him.



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