A Christchurch man who put his threat to shoot a dairy owner in writing has been jailed for 13 months.
David Anthony Carey handed over a note reading: “You have three minutes to put money in the bag, two minutes to put smokes in the bag or you will be shot. Now. Do it.”
There was then an exchange of words with the distressed dairy owner and 27-year-old Carey then said he would leave and return with a gun.
At Carey’s sentencing today, Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan said it did not matter whether the would-be robber really did have access to a gun in the May 24 incident – “it’s the effect on the shopkeeper”.
Carey had pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and demanding with intent to steal.
Defence counsel Paul Johnson said Carey committed the offences to get food and money at a time when he had nowhere to live, no income, and no support. He now had no address available for home detention to be considered, and accepted that a jail term would be imposed.
Carey had also got into a house through a garage while it was vacant for earthquake repairs, and stole many household items.
Judge Callaghan said the court had been told the offending did not arise from addiction issues, but he noted that Carey’s grandmother said she was at the end of her tether trying to get help for him for this problem.
He had been unco-operative with probation during the pre-sentence interview and they were unable to decide whether drugs were a problem for him. He had started at a rehabilitation programme but had trouble completing it. The judge said Carey had a volatile nature.
He imposed the jail term and ordered Carey to pay $1050 reparations for the household items he stole in the burglary.