Guilty pleas halt armed robbery trial

June 23, 2016 | By More

Court House-entranceA 47-year-old has admitted involvement in armed incidents at two Christchurch bars.

Anthony Reihana had been due to begin a three-week trial in the Christchurch District Court on Monday, but the trial was halted by guilty pleas today.

Reihana admitted the attempted armed robbery of Robbie’s Bar and Bistro in Cranford Street on March 16, 2014, and the robbery of the Brickworks Restaurant and Bar in Centaurus Road, Cashmere, on April 6, 2014.

Judge Raoul Neave remanded him in custody for a Crown sentencing on July 15.

Another of those involved, Wesley Winfield Barnett, 43, had earlier admitted charges of armed robbery of the Brickworks and possession of methamphetamine, and was jailed for six years six months on July 30, 2014.

A robbery charge against another man was dropped, and a charge of receiving the stolen money against a fourth man was also dropped.

Reihana was the last to face charges from these armed incidents. He has been held in custody since his arrest.

A masked intruder carrying a shotgun confronted a worker at Robbie’s Bar and Bistro on Cranford Street while he was closing the bar.

The Brickworks was robbed at gunpoint in the early hours of a Sunday morning, as it was closing.

Two men covered their faces before entering the closed bar and demanding cash from the three male staff members before fleeing in a vehicle with the money.

The two young bar staff and a cleaner were not injured during the robbery.


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