A digger operator has been sentenced to six years and three
months in prison today after robbing a Manukau bank with a
fake bomb in January.
Tuakau man Clive Mackintosh McKay, 47, entered the BNZ bank
on the corner of Great South Road and Ronwood Avenue on
January 24 and demanded money.
He claimed to have an explosive device which he left on a
After he left the bank with a small amount of money, McKay
hailed a taxi to a McDonald's in Otara and was caught on the
vehicle's CCTV camera. The footage was later released by
The police bomb squad later found the device to be inert.
At his sentencing today, the Manukau District Court heard
McKay had eight previous robbery and aggravated robbery
convictions starting in 2002.
Judge Charles Blackie sentenced McKay to 6 years and 3
months' imprisonment with a minimum parole period of 50 per
cent of the term for one charge of aggravated robbery and one
charge of cultivating cannabis.
He had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.
Judge Blackie said the robbery involved "significant
planning" and "careful thought".
"Quite ingenious one might say, but for the wrong purpose."
McKay wore a black wig, drew a false tattoo on himself and
applied tape to his fingers so as not to leave any
fingerprints, Judge Blackie said.
He entered the bank with a plastic box about the size of a
shoe box, containing batteries, a timer and electrical
It had the "overall appearance of a bomb," Judge Blackie
McKay demanded $200,000 and told bank staff he would blow up
the device and the bank if he didn't receive it because he
didn't care about his life.
He received around $150 in low denomination notes.
On his arrest, police discovered a small cannabis operation
at his property.
He admitted his offending and told police he needed the money
for bills, as he had recently lost his job.
Victim impact statements from the bank manager and another
staff member "made for disturbing reading," Judge Blackie
McKay had a "long record of criminal offending".
His first court appearance was before the Youth Court in
1982, Judge Blackie said.
He had since amassed eight pages of convictions, ranging from
assaults, theft, forgery, male assaults female,
methamphetamine charges and threatening to kill, Judge
McKay also received a warning under the three strikes
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ