Brothers face sentencing for New Brighton ram raids

Court House-entranceA second man – a brother of the first – has admitted ram-raiding and burglary of commercial premises in New Brighton in July.

Terrance McDonald, an unemployed18-year-old, pleaded guilty to seven charges in the Christchurch District Court today, and a further two driving charges were withdrawn.

The police summary of facts said at 12.30am on July 29 McDonald stole a car from Swift Street Belfast, and at 1.30am he was driving it dangerously and failed to stop for police.

At 2.30am he stole a car in Carnarvon Street Linwood, and at 3.30am, with an associate, drove into the front of Challenge Service Station in Bridge Street, South Brighton.

The second stolen car involved in the ram-raids was being driven by his brother Hamish Alex McDonald, 21, and his passenger was 17-year-old Danielle Lesly Marie Pearce.

At 3.45am the two cars ram-raided the Z service station in Hawke Street, took the cash till and a donation box and drove off.

At 3.50am they broke into the Bower Avenue Dairy, took items and the cash till but were stopped by police.

Terrance McDonald was tasered but managed to escape police and was arrested one week later.

His brother Hamish McDonald and Pearce were arrested at the scene.

Judge Stephen O’Driscoll remanded McDonald in custody for sentencing on October 8.

He asked for a pre-sentence report, a report to assess his suitability for a home detention sentence, a victim impact report, and an assessment for a restorative justice meeting with the victims

Pearce will be sentenced for unlawfully getting into the stolen car on October 28.

Hamish McDonald will be sentenced on September 23 for three burglary charges, one charge of taking a car, and possession of scissors.

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