The Sai Food Market where the robbery took place.
A 17-year-old Dunedin youth has been refused bail after
he admitted the knife-point robbery of a South Dunedin food
Despite his lack of previous convictions, Luke Bradley
Savigny was highly likely to receive a lengthy prison
sentence, Judge Stephen Coyle said.
Savigny appeared before the judge in the Dunedin District
Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to a joint charge of
His alleged co-offender, a 22-year-old man, was due to appear
next week, prosecutor Acting Sergeant Mike Gasson told the
He said the robbery was committed just after 9.30am on
Savigny was outside the Sai Food Market in Prince Albert Rd
with his co-accused, the pair having just come from a nearby
flat where they decided on a plan to rob the food market
The defendant used a grey T-shirt to cover his face up to eye
level and pulled his sweatshirt hood down over his head in an
attempt to disguise his appearance.
The alleged co-offender was not disguised but waited in
Prince Albert Rd near Victoria Rd to act as a lookout for
Savigny, Acting Sgt Gasson said.
Savigny had a large, black-handled knife hidden on him when
he approached the front door of the shop, looked inside to
check if anyone was there, then walked in, holding the knife
above his head.
The victim was behind the counter. Savigny yelled at him,
demanding cash and cigarettes. After dropping to the floor,
the victim made his way to the living quarters at the rear of
the shop and called the police.
The defendant ran around the counter, opened the cigarette
cabinet and grabbed eight packets of tobacco. He also grabbed
several cans of soft drink as he left the store.
He ran south on Prince Albert Rd and he and his co-accused
then ran together along Queens Dr, dropping several of the
stolen items as they ran. Savigny also dropped the grey
T-shirt he had been using to cover his face.
The pair went to a nearby address in Melbourne St and divided
the tobacco between them.
When police spoke to him later, Savigny admitted committing
the robbery. He said he did it because he had no money and
had felt pressured by the other person.
David More asked for bail for Savigny, who was living at home
with his parents, had been complying with strict curfew
conditions and was attending a training centre course.
But Judge Coyle said the defendant's personal circumstances
were not something he could give great weight to when
considering the issue of bail.
There was ''a high likelihood of prison'', the judge said and
the term was likely to be lengthy. He remanded Savigny in
custody until May for sentence.