Birthday in prison after arrest over stabbing robbery

Police cars were parked up at the corner of Hensley and Dee Sts on Friday morning.
Police cars were parked up at the corner of Hensley and Dee Sts. Photo: Abbey Palmer
A man is spending his 38th birthday in custody today, after being arrested in relation to the robbery of a dairy where a member of the public was stabbed.

Adam John Hamilton appeared in the Invercargill District Court yesterday —a day before his birthday — where he faced four charges: aggravated robbery, wounding with intent (grievous bodily harm), theft and theft of a motor vehicle.

The arrest followed the incident on July 30, when two offenders entered the Dee St Night ’n Day store, one reportedly with a firearm, about 9.30pm.

A member of the public who went to intervene was stabbed by one of the offenders.

The charge document stated Hamilton, armed with a pistol and a filleting knife, stole $246.80 from the store. It also said he stole a car and petrol valued at $66.51 from a service station in Gladstone. The remaining charge said he, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, wounded the man.

Hamilton was remanded in custody without a plea until September 1.

Detective Matt Wyatt said the victim was in a stable condition in hospital and asked anyone with information in relation to this case to call 105 and quote file number 200731/0942, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555-111.

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