Robbery charge after Sockburn hold-up

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:31 01/07/2013

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An armed robbery charge has now been laid against a teenager alleged to have carried out a hold-up at a dairy in Epsom Road, Sockburn, two weeks ago.

Police originally charged 17-year-old Jaron Levi Wilson with assaulting the woman shop assistant with intent to rob her, but that charge was withdrawn at an appearance in the Christchurch District Court today.

Since Wilson's remand on bail, police have laid the robbery charge, alleging that the youth was armed with an air pistol which was pointed at the shopkeeper to demand cash and cigarettes.

The would-be robber left empty handed when the shop assistant moved away from the area, and the police located and arrested two teenagers a few hours after someone noted the number of a car seen leaving the area.

Wilson has been charged along with a 14-year-old who is being dealt with in the Youth Court where he has name suppression.

Wilson is listed on the charge sheet as unemployed, but Public Defence lawyer Kerryn Beaton said he now had full time work and asked for the night time curfew to be relaxed to take account of his work hours and his help with the family's child care commitments.

This was granted by Judge Brian Callaghan who further remanded Wilson on bail without plea to July 15.

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