Accused armed robber admits hold-ups

A man has admitted armed hold-ups of a service station and a liquor store, and demanding cash at another service station, when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.

Te Arimoana Jamyle Simon pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated robbery, and one charge of demanding to steal, as he appeared in court on his 21st birthday.

Simon used an air pistol to hold up the Caltex Russley petrol station on November 5, where he stole cash.

On November 7 he went to Super Liquor Store in Harewood Rd and again presented the air pistol and demanded cash.

The attendant saw the air pistol was not real and refused to give him anything, and Simon left saying it was only a joke.

Later that day he went to the Mobil station in Redwood with an 45-centimetre knife. He told a staff member to fill up his backpack with cash or he would cut him.

He was given money from the till but was told the safe could not be opened.

Simon also took packets of cigarettes before leaving the station.

When he was arrested Simon told police that he was sick of financial pressure, and needed the money.

Defence counsel John Brandts-Giesen said Simon had minor previous convictions, but none as serious as the armed robberies.

Simon was sorry but lost it when he had been abandoned by his partner who left with young children, he said.

Judge David Saunders remanded Simon in custody to February 19 for sentencing, and said it was likely Simon would get a prison sentence.

The Press