An Oamaru man has been jailed for what Judge Joanna Maze
described in the Oamaru District Court as a day-long "spree
of offending", which included trying to rob a Chinese tourist
in central Oamaru.
Marko Motu Williams (21) was jailed for a total of 16 months
after appearing for sentence on charges of disorderly
behaviour likely to cause violence, stealing alcohol from an
Oamaru liquor store, attempting to rob Xin Lin Mao Ng and
stealing a camera from the Oamaru police station, all on June
21 and 22.
On the most serious charge, attempted robbery, he was jailed
for 16 months and refused leave to apply to substitute it for
another sentence. On each of the other charges, he was jailed
for one month, all terms to be concurrent.
He will be subject to post-release conditions for nine
Williams was also warned by Judge Maze he was now subject to
the three-strike rule, if convicted of any further charges of
On June 21, Williams went to an Oamaru service station, where
he swung an eftpos machine at a sales assistant who refused
to serve him after he argued with staff over removing a scarf
over his face.
The following day, at 7.55pm, he took two boxes of pre-mix
drinks, worth $19, from Liquorland.
About 30 minutes later, he got out of a car in which he was a
passenger and approached a group of Chinese tourists asking
for money. When he became increasingly aggressive, the
tourists ran away and Williams chased them, catching up with
one and attempting to pull a belt bag from his waist.
The tourist ran into a restaurant for help and Williams got
into the car and left.
After being arrested about 11pm, and while being processed at
the police station, he pulled a camera from a stand and hid
it in his underpants.
The camera was discovered, but was damaged and unusable.
Williams had admitted the charges on August 28 and been
remanded until yesterday for a pre-sentence report and
Police sought reparation for the camera and stolen liquor,
but Judge Maze declined the application.