Knifepoint robber hands himself in

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 21/11/2012

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A 28-year-old Hawera man has admitted to attempting to rob two Hawera dairies at knifepoint earlier this month.

Sean William Oldfield pleaded guilty in Hawera District Court yesterday to charges of aggravated robbery and assault with intent to rob.

The court heard how, on November 2, Oldfield walked into Sunshine Dairy, in South Rd, with a hood over his head and a knife in his hand.

Police prosecutor Steve Michael said Oldfield demanded money from the shop owner but quickly left when confronted.

"A short time later, at approximately 6.40am, the defendant has entered [Nolantown] dairy," he said.

Again armed with a knife, Oldfield demanded money.

Not satisfied with the $100 he was able to grab, he shut the front door of the dairy and demanded more.

"He has chased the victim around the store armed with a knife, however, she was able to exit the dairy."

Later that day, Oldfield handed himself in to police.

Judge Allan Roberts convicted the man, calling for a pre-sentence report covering all sentencing options.

Oldfield will reappear for sentencing on January 16.

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