Man jailed after Christchurch crime spree


Lennon Donald Auckram was jailed after he and a co-offender demanded a KFC staff member bring them money from the safe, telling her they would ram a car through the door if she didn't. (file photo)

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Lennon Donald Auckram was jailed after he and a co-offender demanded a KFC employees member convey them cash from the secure, telling her they might ram a automobile by way of the door if she did not. (file picture)

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A person concerned in against the law rampage in Christchurch that included bludgeoning a barman with a baseball bat and robbing a KFC restaurant has been jailed.

Lennon Donald Auckram, 31, of Redwood, pleaded responsible to expenses of unlawfully taking a automobile, two armed theft, one armed housebreaking, demanding with intent to steal, interfering with a automobile, assault with a weapon, harmful driving, and two expenses of failing to cease for the police when he appeared within the Christchurch District Courtroom on Tuesday.

Choose Tom Gilbert sentenced Auckram to four-and-a-half years in jail and gave him a second strike warning, that means he won’t get parole or early launch.

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Auckram and his co-offender jumped a fence at the Celtic Arms on Spreydon St and stole the cash drawer before demanding the safe and pokie machines be opened. (file photo)

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Auckram and his co-offender jumped a fence on the Celtic Arms on Spreydon St and stole the money drawer earlier than demanding the secure and pokie machines be opened. (file picture)

The choose stated it was a “small miracle extra individuals weren’t significantly harm”.

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On June 9, Auckram and an alleged co-offender have been in a automobile that had been stolen from close to Pines Seaside about six weeks earlier than. They have been carrying balaclavas and hooded sweatshirts and carrying a baseball bat and a knife.

They rattled the doorways and tried to get into the Little Brown Jug bar in Bryndwr, however couldn’t get inside. The incident badly affected the lady working inside as a result of she had been the sufferer of two earlier robberies.

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The pair then went to the Celtic Arms lodge in Spreydon the place they jumped over a fence and went in by way of the door to the people who smoke’ space. They took a money drawer with $958 and demanded to examine the secure however discovered no cash in it. They then demanded the pokie machines be opened.

The Crown says the opposite offender then bashed a sufferer with the bat, inflicting his arm to separate open. They ran out when the sufferer threw a big tip jar and a bottle at them.

They then drove to KFC close to Christchurch Airport and demanded lady employees member outdoors go inside and convey them the cash from the secure or they might ram the automobile by way of the door. She introduced out $523 however they then demanded the cash from the tills. The lady confirmed them the tills have been empty in order that they demanded that the employees hand over their wallets. All refused and the robbers left.

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They raided a property in Swannanoa the place they demanded a householder hand over the keys to a Mustang. He refused. The Crown alleges the co-offender drove their automobile at him and crashed into one other automobile when he stepped out of the way in which. The co-offender then beat him with a shovel, till he pulled off one in all their balaclavas and so they fled.

They then raided one other property and a automobile earlier than police started making an attempt to cease them. Police deserted one pursuit, however quickly after they chased the pair once more and a patrol automobile was rammed, locking it alongside the offenders’ automobile for about 100m.

They then obtained into one other pursuit and got here near hitting an officer who had set out street spikes. The automobile slowed and stopped. Auckram ran off however was discovered close by.

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The baseball bat sufferer obtained bruising and swelling to his forearms and a lower to at least one arm. The person struck with the spade had a lower 5cm to 8cm lengthy on his head, and damaged ribs.

Defence counsel Anselm Williams argued that Auckram was appearing below duress due to a drug debt, however Choose Gilbert rejected that, saying that Auckram had about $15,000 within the automobile which may have been used to cowl the $3000 debt.

He famous the Auckram had severe violence-related offending on his file and had obtained a first-strike warning in 2013. He had longstanding drug and alcohol issues. He was assessed as being a excessive threat of reoffending. Since his mid-to-late teenagers, he had been related to the Street Knights motorbike gang.

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He had attended restorative justice conferences with victims, however his offending had had a devastating impact on them. Choose Gilbert accepted he was genuinely remorseful.

Williams sought a decreased sentence for Auckram for his regret and his participation in restorative justice.

Choose Gilbert stated that Auckram had brandished the knife and though he had not inflicted precise violence he had been “there entrance and centre all through this offending spree”.

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There was a excessive emotional toll on the victims. Aside from the four-and-a-half 12 months jail time period, with out parole, Choose Gilbert ordered that the victims be paid emotional hurt reparations totalling $7863, and $7128 to the police for the harm to the patrol automobile. This shall be taken from the cash discovered within the automobile, which Auckram stated was his.

The cash taken from the theft victims shall be returned to them.

Auckram was additionally disqualified from driving for two-and-a-half years.

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