Man pleads guilty to Night ’n Day aggravated robbery

A police officer examining the scene in Invercargill today. Photo: Abbey Palmer
A police officer examining the scene in Invercargill. Photo: Abbey Palmer
One of the men arrested in relation to the aggravated robbery of an Invercargill Night ’n Day store has pleaded guilty to several of the charges he faces.

Adam John Hamilton (38) appeared by audiovisual link yesterday in the Invercargill District Court, where defence lawyer Fergus Moore entered guilty pleas on his behalf to the charges of aggravated robbery, theft of petrol and theft of a motor vehicle.

However, Hamilton denied a count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

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

A member of the public who intervened was stabbed. He was released from hospital last month.

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 wounded the member of the public with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A second man, who has interim name suppression, was jointly charged on all matters.

Mr Moore said Hamilton was charged as a party and there
was dispute about levels of involvement.

He asked Judge Russell Walker to remand Hamilton in custody until a case review hearing in November when both men would appear.

The judge remanded Hamilton in custody and gave him a first warning under the three strikes law for the aggravated robbery.

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