A former regular gambler at a Napier sports bar was today
sentenced to six years' jail for a robbery in which he
stabbed a staff member before crashing her car in a botched
Justin Tipuna Poi, 37, was appearing before Judge Tony Adeane
in Napier District Court, having earlier admitted charges
relating to the robbery, which happened near Legends Sports
Cafe on April 29.
Observing the 62-year-old female target's routine, Poi
planned the robbery, enlisted an accomplice who drove him to
the scene to commit the crime, where he had parked his own
van earlier in the day.
With his face obscured with clothing, a beanie and
sunglasses, and armed with a knife, Poi ambushed the woman as
she was about to get out of a vehicle with $21,595 in weekend
takings from two bars.
During the brief incident, the woman was stabbed in the
stomach with the knife which had been concealed in Poi's
clothing. Poi shoved her to the footpath and fled in her car,
which crashed soon afterwards after being chased by police.
The cash was recovered, but the woman required surgery and
while having recovered from the injury, suffered ongoing
emotional impacts, the court was told.
Poi admitted charges of aggravated robbery, wounding,
threatening to kill, unlawfully taking the car and driving