Gunpoint robbery attempt admitted

October 21, 2016 | By More

Pegasus-2016-02-06-103An Oxford man has admitted pulling a gun and demanding $10,000 from a passenger in his car who managed to run off when they stopped at a money machine.

Jed Mathew Waghorn waived the right to a pre-sentence report and the attempted robbery victim declined to see him at a restorative justice meeting, so Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish immediately jailed him for 22 months and 2 weeks.

He has been held in custody this year, and is likely to be released straight away. Judge Farish imposed special post-release conditions for him to attend treatment and counselling for drugs and anger management issues.

A woman involved in the incident, 27-year-old Karla Melissa McDonald, pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced to supervision and community work in April.

Waghorn today admitted the charge of attempted robbery at Pegasus, North Canterbury, on the night of December 5-6, possession of a cut-down rifle at Oxford, and possession of a class C drug.

Waghorn, McDonald, and the victim were socialising together when the victim made what the judge described as an “inappropriate” approach to McDonald, who refused him.

A dispute began about that approach as they were driving away. McDonald punched the man and Waghorn pulled out a sawn-off firearm said he should kill him.

Waghorn demanded $10,000 or he would shoot him. The victim agreed to pay him $200 that night and the rest the following week. When they stopped at an automatic teller machine to withdraw the cash, the victim ran off and hid till morning when he got help at a service station.

The firearm and drugs were found when armed police went to a property in Oxford next day.

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