Nailgun used to threaten bank staff

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:47 25/07/2014

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A man has admitted using a nailgun to rob an Auckland branch of Kiwibank of $3040 cash.

Dominic Leilua, 26, admitted the armed robbery charge before Judge Stephanie Edwards in the Christchurch District Court today.

Defence counsel Tim Twomey did not seek bail for Leilua, who was remanded in custody for a Crown sentencing in Christchurch on September 10.

The judge asked for a pre-sentence report to cover Leilua's suitability for home detention and gave him a first-strike warning under the system that imposes heavier sentences on repeat violent offenders.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Iain Patton said Leilua went to the Sunnynook Shopping Centre on Auckland's North Shore about 1pm on May 14.

While an associate stayed in the car, Leilua went into a Paper Plus store and up to the Kiwibank counter. He wore sunglasses and dark clothing including a hooded jacket with the hood raised over his face.

Leilua went up to a male teller, took the nailgun out of his jacket, pointed the gun at the teller's chest and demanded money. He also pointed the gun at a second teller and demanded money from his cash drawer as well.

The tellers handed over $3040 which was placed into a bag Leilua had brought in.

He left without saying anything else. Another staff member chased him to the waiting car which sped off when he got in.

The tellers were shaken but unhurt.

Leilua has previous convictions, and also admitted a charge of breaching a community work sentence. He had done nine hours of a 100-hour sentence imposed in February for another breach of community work. 

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