Community-based sentence imposed for robbery

April 27, 2016 | By More

Pegasus-2016-02-06-103A 27-year-old woman has been given a community-based sentence for her part in an aggravated robbery incident between Cust and Pegasus township in December.

The Christchurch District Court was told that Karla Melissa McDonald and her alleged 22-year-old male co-offender were at his work function with the victim on December 5.

She and the complainant got drunk, and she left to sleep in the car. The complainant opened the car door and propositioned her, and when she refused him, and they both went back to the function.

Later the victim was offered a ride home by the man who has been charged. On the way McDonald told him what had happened, and started hitting the victim in the head with her fist.

The co-offender has denied charges relating to the rest of the incident and he is due to appear at a pre-trial callover on April 29 charged with an armed robbery of a wallet and two cell phones, threatening to kill the man, unlawful possession of a cut-down Ruger 77 rifle, unlawful possession of shotgun cartridges and rounds, and possession of the class A drug methamphetamine.

Defence counsel Allister Davis said McDonald was remorseful, and offered to attend a restorative justice meeting with the victim, but he didn’t respond to the request.

Judge Stephen O’Driscoll sentenced McDonald on a charge of assault with intent to injure, and said he thought McDonald had probably lost the plot, but then found herself well out of her depth with the alleged offending that followed.

He sentenced her to intensive supervision for 12 months, with special conditions to attend and complete rehabilitation programmes, including a drug and alcohol programme.

He also ordered her to do 200 hours community work, and told her not to get involved with anything like this again.



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