A 58-year-old woman pretended to be a victim while masterminding a shotgun robbery.
Spiridula Muriotis, of Hataitai, used gang members to rob an 89-year-old man, who was bound and blindfolded during the ordeal.
Muriotis was tied up alongside him to maintain the deception, Wellington District Court was told.
Muriotis had had a relationship with the man in the past, and called him and asked for help, saying she had no money and no home. The man helped her out.
On the morning of the robbery, in November last year, she was at the premises of Philip Moore and Co, a commercial cleaning company, in central Wellington when three men came in wearing black masks. One was carrying a shotgun.
They took Muriotis and the elderly victim to an upstairs area, tying his ankles and wrists with duct tape and putting a cloth over his head. She was also tied up.
Judge Denys Barry said the robbers took his wallet and an heirloom pocketwatch before forcing him to hand over his cashcard and getting him to reveal his Pin. They also took property from the business.
Muriotis gave a statement to police as a victim, but was later found to have been living with one of the gang members. She then admitted her part, including acknowledging that she knew a firearm would be used.
"It was highly planned ... you were the mastermind ... it was performed with clinical execution," the judge said.
He accepted there was an element of pressure on Muriotis, who had to pay back a drug debt owed by a member of her family.
She admitted aggravated robbery and kidnapping, and was jailed for four years and five months.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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