Teenagers jailed for robberies

Two 19-year-olds were sentenced to over four years’ prison for their part in an armed robbery of a dairy in Templeton in 2016.

Bradley Gavin Moore and Reuben Murray Banks were also sentenced for the robbery of a Turkish tourist in 2015. Moore had also admitted breaching his community work sentence, while Banks admitted unlawfully getting into a car.

Defence counsel for Banks, Kiran Paima, said Banks went into the dairy armed with a metal pole but did not use it.

He said Banks had used his time in prison to do rehabilitation programmes, and was not the same man. He had written letters of apology to his victims, but they did not want to attend a restorative justice meeting with him.

Josh Lucas, defence counsel for Moore, said there was an element of youthfulness to Moore’s offending, and the very nasty and vicious robbery was not well thought out.

The violence used was a shock to Moore, and not part of the plan, he said.

Moore’s brother, Adam Moore, 22, was armed with a pistol and had already been sentenced to five years six months’ prison for the offence.

Christchurch District Court Judge Tom Gilbert said on October 13, 2015, Banks and Moore were at New Brighton mall and got talking to a Turkish tourist. The man went to the beach with them, where Banks hit him and took his wallet with $165 cash. As the victim got up to leave Moore tackled him and took his phone. The victim received cuts and grazes and a sore mouth.

The police said that while they were both on bail for that offence, and with Adam Moore, they walked into the Kirk Road Dairy in Templeton on September 5, 2016.

They wore bandanas and balaclavas concealing their identity, and Adam Moore walked to the back of the shop and pointed a pistol at the victim. He started punching the victim about the head, and dragged him to the cash register where he demanded he open it.

Bradley Moore and Banks filled a pillow case with tobacco, cigarettes, and the notes from the register.

Adam Moore had the victim kneeling down with the pistol pressed against his forehead, repeatedly punching him.

Judge Gilbert said Banks’ pre-sentence report was as good as any he had seen. Banks was only the second prisoner who would achieve the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, and he had every chance of being a good member of society when he left prison.

Moore’s report said he had little remorse or insight, and his upbringing involved alcohol and drugs.

Aggravated robbery was all too common and young people needed to know the stakes were high and imprisonment would be the likely result, Judge Gilbert said.

He said the offending was significantly violent, and premeditated, and all three knew there were weapons involved.

He sentenced Moore to four years nine months’ prison, and Banks to four years one months’ prison.

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