Gun-toting home invader jailed

An Auckland man who committed a home invasion and later tried to pull a gun on police has been jailed for almost nine years.

Alex Tereora, 32, appeared for sentence in the High Court in Auckland today after he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, assault with a weapon and attempting to use a firearm against a police officer.

Justice Geoffrey Venning said Tereora and two unknown accomplices wearing balaclavas and fingerless gloves smashed a lounge window of a Papatoetoe house at 6.30pm on June 3, 2012.

When the homeowner arrived home he was dragged from his car and tied up, facedown in his lounge.

He was threatened and asked where the man kept his money and his gold.

The offenders stole the man's wallet, cellphone and car keys and left with property valued at about $3500.

Five days later, Tereora arrived at the home of a woman he had bought a laptop off some years earlier.

He pointed a pistol at her but left after she started screaming.

Six days later, Tereora was the passenger in a car stopped by police on Te Irirangi Drive, South Auckland. Tereora pushed the driver out of the car and tried to drive off.

A police officer dove into the car and fought with Tereora as he tried to pull a gun from his jacket, saying to police "you're going to get it, you're going to get it".

Police managed to get Tereora out of the car and the pistol fell out of his jacket as he was handcuffed.

Justice Venning sentenced him to eight years and 10 months in prison with a five year non-parole period.