Wellington man gets six years' jail for 'vicious and nasty' home invasion attack
A robber who broke into a home and stabbed a man almost to death has been sentenced to six years in jail.
Siimoa Olamoe, 26, and another man forced their way into the home in the Wellington suburb of Newlands in January 2016, threatening two people with an imitation firearm, and demanding money.
Olamoe then stabbed one of them several times, almost killing him and leaving the man with life-long arm injuries.
After an extensive investigation, police and the armed offenders squad executed a search warrant at a Strathmore house and arrested Olamoe in March 2016.
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On Thursday, at the Wellington District Court, Olamoe pleaded guilty to robbery and grievous bodily harm, and was sentenced to six years in prison.
"Our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure Olamoe is held accountable for this vicious and nasty attack," Detective Tim McIntosh, of Wellington, said.
"This was a terrifying ordeal for the victims, and hopefully this outcome will give them the justice and closure they deserve.
"I want to reassure the community that police do not tolerate this type of offending, and we are committed to making sure people are held accountable for their actions."