Teen admits taking part in two robberies

Court House-07An 18-year-old has admitted his part in two Christchurch dairy robberies in January.

Iosefa Filifili pleaded guilty to an aggravated robbery, and assault with intent to rob, in the Christchurch District Court.

On January 8, Filifili, armed with an axe, stayed outside the Dallington Discounter while his co-offender, 20-year-old Joshua Felise Nuu, entered the shop with a hammer.

Nuu told the store owner to fill a bag with cigarettes and cash, and then they left in a car driven by an unknown third offender.

Later that month they were both armed with the same weapons when they entered a Bowhill Road dairy.

Nuu instructed the victim to fill his bag, and when the woman became upset he grazed her inner forearm with the hammer.

Her mother came to her aid and Nuu and Filifili ran off empty-handed.

Judge David Saunders remanded Filifili on bail with a 24 hour curfew to a Crown sentencing on May 11.

He was read the first strike warning for repeat violent offenders, and Judge Saunders requested a pre-sentence report, and a report to assess his suitability for a home detention sentence. He is to be assessed for a restorative justice conference, and victim impact statements will be prepared.

Nuu, who is in custody, is to be sentenced at the same time.

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