Coast man admits sword robbery

A man who robbed a West Coast petrol station with a samurai sword pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery in the Christchurch District Court.

Fane Christopher Dudley, 38, entered the BP Greymouth station on July 8, 2017, wearing a hooded top, black gloves, and a black balaclava covering his face, the court was told.

He started yelling, “Give me your f—g money now, hurry up”, then drew a samurai sword. He told the victim to go to the till and give him the money.

Dudley grabbed money out of the till, and ordered the victim to put more notes in his pocket.

He told the man to lie on the ground and count to 100, with threats to kill him if he didn’t comply.

Dudley left on foot down Tainui Street with about $1400 cash.

Judge Paul Kellar remanded Dudley in custody for sentencing on March 14. He read him the first of the three strike warnings for repeat violent offenders, and referred the case for a possible restorative justice meeting.



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