Guilty pleas in attempted robbery case

23:00, Mar 11 2014

Two men involved in last year's Anzac Day attempted robbery in Woodville have avoided going to trial after pleading guilty at the 11th hour.

Jeremy Peter Carthew Creek, 23, Scott James, 22, and Bodene Luke Hauraki, 23, were each charged with assault with intent to rob and were to stand trial in the Palmerston North District Court this week.

But after a jury was chosen, Creek and James pleaded guilty to a new, alternative charge of attempted aggravated robbery. Hauraki maintained his not guilty plea.

On Anzac Day last year, Creek and James went to a property near Woodville.

They met two Palmerston North car wreckers, who had been lured to the address on the premise of buying two Toyota Hilux utes for scrap, and attempted to rob them.

But the two men got away and quickly called police, who caught up with Creek and James soon after.

Judge Gerard Lynch remanded Creek and James until May for sentencing. Hauraki was also remanded until May.

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