Bus driver robbery admitted

Bus-011A Somerfield man has admitted robbing a bus driver of about $200 cash in a late night incident on August 30.

Julyan Heiden Rauhihi, 24, was remanded in custody after his guilty plea before Judge Robert Murfitt in the Christchurch District Court today.

He also faces a charge of assaulting the bus driver with intent to get away after a theft, but the wording of the charge has not been agreed and both charges will go to a disputed facts hearing next month, ahead of Rauhihi’s sentencing which is set for November 19.

Rauhihi already had a sentencing set for that date on charges of breaching prison release conditions and breaching a community work sentence.

At the request of defence counsel Peter Dyhrberg, Judge Murfitt asked for a report on Rauhihi’s suitability for home detention as part of the pre-sentence report.

But he said: “I am not saying that home detention is a likely sentence, given the gravity of the charge, but it may be.”

Police say the incident took place about 11.20pm  in Brougham Street, near the Waltham Road intersection.

The Red Bus driver was punched and his cash box was stolen. Five men had got on the wrong bus and while the driver was explaining how they could get to their destination, one of the group allegedly grabbed money from the cash box.

When the driver chased the thief off the bus, he was allegedly attacked by another member of the group who then went back on to the bus and stole the cash box. The driver received minor bruises and grazing.

The man was identified by security camera footage from the bus.

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