A man who escaped justice for 14 years after a violent dairy
robbery has been captured in Dunedin.
The breakthrough in the Wellington cold case came after DNA
profiling identified Christopher Stephen Tilby (38).
Arrested on cannabis charges in Dunedin, Tilby was in court
yesterday after admitting his part in the aggravated robbery
of the Zoo Park dairy in Newtown.
Tilby told Dunedin police he ''did lose some sleep'' over the
crime, committed with three others on May 15, 2000. One
associate threatened the dairy owner's 13-year-old daughter
with a baton and another closed the door to the back room and
the girl's mother.
The girl frantically pressed a buzzer to alert her mother but
the associate standing by the door pushed the woman
forcefully backwards, causing her to fall against a couch and
break six ribs.
Tilby and the baton-wielding associate took cigarettes and
more than $310 which they put in a pillow case before leaving
the dairy. They sped away in a stolen Honda which was
abandoned near the Wellington Railway Station and the
offenders travelled by train to Porirua.
DNA found in the abandoned car was identified as belonging to
Tilby two years ago as a result of advances in DNA analysis.
He told Dunedin police the robbery was not planned,
describing it as ''just one of those things''.
He yesterday admitted his part in the robbery and the taking
of the car. He also admitted unrelated charges of possessing
cannabis and a cannabis smoking pipe in Dunedin last week and
was remanded in custody by Judge Stephen Coyle for sentence