Robbed over pokie winnings

Last updated 18:54 08/04/2014

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An Auckland man who beat and robbed a 79-year-old woman told police he did it because she had won money on a poker machine at which he had lost $10.

Zeryan Salah Ahmed, 21, was sentenced today in the Waitakere District Court to five months' community detention and 200 hours' community work after pleading guilty to charges of theft and committing an unlawful act causing injury.

On October 8, Ahmed had been hanging out at Bar 159 in Henderson where he saw a 79-year-old woman hit the jackpot on a pokie machine he had been playing.

She cashed out the $360 prize and soon after headed out of the bar to her car which was parked nearby.

However, once she was outside Ahmed struck her on the back of the head, knocking her to the ground, and grabbed her purse.

The woman sustained a cut on her head, which required five stitches, and bruising to her arm and shoulder from the fall.

When questioned by police, Ahmed explained he had been intoxicated and angry.

"The defendant stated he was high on alcohol and drugs and that he was annoyed the victim had won money on a machine where he previously lost $10," a summary of facts said.

The husband of the victim, who was in court for the sentencing, described the offender as "pathetic" and said he was glad it was all over.

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