Seven-year jail term for three robberies

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Seven years’ jail were imposed on a 22-year-old Christchurch man who had admitted three robberies involving six people.

Gordon Herbert robbed two of his victims twice in three days.

Herbert, of Phillipstown, had pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court to the three robbery charges as well as reckless driving and failing to stop for the police.

Shayne Grant Kavanaugh, 25, of no fixed abode, was jailed for two years four months for one of the robberies – the street robbery of three teenage boys – as well as unlawfully getting into a car and receiving stolen property.

Counsel for Kavanaugh, Andrew McCormick, said his client had remorse and regret for his offending and identified alcohol as being at the root of his problems.

Defence counsel for Herbert, Josh Lucas, said Herbert maintained he had been threatened to take part in the two home invasion robberies. While in prison on remand he had been doing courses including “Moving Forward, Living Healthy”, and Bible studies.

Both men had written letters of apologies to their victims. Mr Lucas said Herbert had written that he was sorry to the community and his family for the heartache and shame he had caused.

The court was told that Herbert and another man – who has pleaded not guilty and still faces trial – entered a house in Tuckers Road, Redwood, at 8am on January 17 last year. The two occupants were pushed around the house and $400 was taken from one of their wallets. A third occupant was locked in his bedroom.

On January 19, they went back to the same address when two of the victims were present, entering through a back door and demanding “rent money”. Herbert shut himself in a bedroom with one victim, and pulled a knife. The victim was so frightened he had a panic attack. The pair took various items and left.

A few hours later, the Crown says those two men and Kavanaugh stopped their car and confronted three teenage boys in Parklands Reserve on Queenspark Drive. The Crown says the boys were shown a weapon and handed over their property, including cellphones. The boys were told they would be shot if they called the police.

The offending ended with a police chase in which road spikes were used to bring the car to a halt in Beckenham, where the vehicle failed to take a corner and smashed into a pole. Two were arrested at the scene.

Imposing the seven-year term, Judge Paul Kellar said the pre-sentence report assessed Herbert as being at “a reasonably high-risk” of reoffending. The report said little remorse was evident.

Herbert was disqualified from driving for nine months on the driving charges. He will be in jail all that time, but the disqualification will affect the type of work he is able to do in prison.

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