Malcolm Wiffen will never forget the sound of his wife pleading not to be shot during a home invasion at their Upper Hutt home last year.
This morning he got to see the two of the men responsible sent to prison.
In his victim impact statement he said he could hear as she was led away at gunpoint to their cellar where she was forced to open a safe.
A jury has found Jeremy Brian Gorinski, 34, and Dinesh Kumar Manoharan, 36, guilty the aggravated robbery of Malcolm and Yvonne Wiffen on June 19 last year, taking up to $60,000 from their safe and another $30,000 in jewellery.
They left the Wiffens tied up, put pillow cases over their heads and held them at gunpoint to get the cash. A third man was involved but no-one else has been charged.
Wellington District Court judge Bruce Davidson said he could do no better in showing the impact the crime had had than to read from Mr Wiffen's statement.
"I was extremely traumatised, I had no idea what was going to happen, my hands had been tied behind my back and my head covered and I will never forget the feeling of a gun at my back. I could hear my wife pleading not to be shot and not being able to do anything,'' the judge read out.
The Wiffens attended the sentencing but did not wish to speak afterward. Judge Davidson jailed Gorinski for 13 years and three months and Manoharan for 11 years. He imposed a minimum non-parole period of five and a half years on both.
Gorinski had a higher sentence after he pleaded guilty to 14 burglaries that he committed in the three months before breaking into the Wiffens' home.
Judge Davidson said Gorinski had "manned up" and confessed his involvement, which might be some comfort to the victims, while Manoharan still maintained his innocence.
The judge said the robbery was planned and the Wiffens' home had been targeted.
"It was truly serious, with two elderly and vulnerable victims' home invaded by disguised and armed men with the victims terrorised and held at gunpoint while cash and jewellery taken,'' Judge Davidson said.
He said Gorinski had limited previous offending mainly against property while Manoharan had been to jail for 10 years previously for aggravated robbery, kidnapping and wounding in 1998.
The judge said Manoharan was at a very high risk of reoffending.
The lawyers for both men asked for lower starting points under 10 years.
Judge Davidson also ordered the confiscation of a car bought with some of the money to be sold and $6000 in reparation ordered.
- The Dominion Post
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