Police at the scene of the robbery.
A man's explanation for the aggravated robbery of the
Shiel Hill Foodcentre was he was bored, the Dunedin District
Court has been told.
Charged with the April 14 offence, Justin Philip Witchall
(22) appeared before Judge Josephine Bouchier yesterday and
He was given a ''three strikes'' warning and remanded in
custody for sentence on June 6.
The summary, from police prosecutor Tim Hambleton, said
Witchall went to the store about 1.15pm and asked the sole
female staff member for four packets of tobacco. When the
woman asked for identification, Witchall said he had none and
He returned about 40 minutes later and entered the store with
the hood of his sweatshirt pulled up over his head and his
face covered in an attempt to hide his identity.
Carrying a knife in his right hand, he approached the counter
and held the knife out towards the woman, demanding money and
Fearing for her safety, the woman retreated to the back of
the store and closed the door.
Witchall then tried to open the cash register in an attempt
to get cash.
Unsuccessful, he went to the cigarette cabinet behind the
counter, opened the cabinet and removed numerous packets of
tobacco which he put into a pink carry bag.
It was believed he took 27 packets of tobacco, to a value of
Witchall and the pink carry bag containing packets of tobacco
were found at a nearby address.
Twenty packets of tobacco were recovered. Seven unrecovered
packets were valued at $301.10.
Witchall admitted responsibility for the robbery, stating he
did the robbery because he was bored.