Nelson dairy robbery look-out remanded for sentencing

Jacob Harmon has admitted to playing a role in a recent armed robbery in Nelson.
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Jacob Harmon has admitted to playing a role in a recent armed robbery in Nelson.

A man who acted as a look-out in a Nelson dairy robbery has pleaded guilty and will likely face imprisonment.

Jacob Harmon entered three guilty pleas in Nelson District Court on Tuesday, on charges of aggravated robbery, unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle, and a breach of intensive supervision.

Harmon is one of four defendants facing charges related to the armed robbery of the Victory Discounter Dairy in July.

Victory Discounter manager Darshini Chauhan said in July a staff member was working alone in the store when she saw a white vehicle park outside.

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When the doorbell rang, the staff member came back into the shop and was confronted with a man, holding a gun.

The man ordered the store worker to empty the till at "gunpoint". "They were not allowing him [the store worker] to look at them," Chauhan said.

Two men alleged to have entered the store with a shotgun have not entered pleas.

Harmon has admitted to getting into the stolen white Audi Q7, and playing a part in the robbery where $2000 cash, 83 packets of cigarettes, and 148 packets of tobacco were taken from the dairy.

Harmon's lawyer Mark Dollimore has requested that restorative justice be explored.

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Crown solicitor Mark O'Donoghue said this may be an option for Harmon, given it seems he was simply the lookout, and isn't one of the offenders alleged to have confronted the staff member with the weapon.

Judge David Ruth ordered that restorative justice be investigated, and Harmon has been in remanded in custody until sentencing on November 14.

Harmon was told a full pre-sentence report would be completed, so that all sentencing options could be explored.

"But you need to understand the high likelihood of a sentence of imprisonment," Ruth said.

The prevalence of aggravated robberies in Nelson recently would need to be taken into account at sentencing, he added.

It's understood the getaway driver involved in the robbery has also entered guilty pleas, and will also face a term of imprisonment.

 - Stuff


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