Plea expected from offender

Tuesday 29 September 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

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The last of the male youths who is alleged to have punched a Tex Mart Store shopkeeper last year is expected to enter a plea this week.

This comes after police prosecution and the court received the medical assessment of Elijah Silas Trego.

Trego who is accused of an aggravated robbery offence at the Tex Mart Batela Store in Arorangi, appeared before Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning last week.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said the defendant was fit to plea and requested the matter to be adjourned for another week giving time for the defence lawyer to talk to the defendant and the family before a plea is made.

Trego was charged with co-offender Tereapii Greg Mose. The pair were 17 and 18 years of age. Mose is serving a two-year term in prison after being sentenced by Judge Judith Potter last month.

It was on November 10 last year that Trego and Mose were consuming alcohol and alleged to have formulated a plan to steal cash from the Tex Mart store.

Mose acted as the getaway driver and lookout in the aggravated robbery, while Trego is alleged to have entered the store and ripped out the till. They then went back to Mose’s house where they shared $1000.

In the process of the aggravated robbery they were accused of assaulting an 18-year-old shop assistant.

The till was found at the Social Centre sea wall in Nikao the day after the robbery and only $100 of stolen money was recovered.

Defence counsel Mark Short had then requested a medical assessment upon the advice of the family who were concerned for Trego’s mental health being.

He said that the nature of the robbery at Tex Mart was out of character for Trego.

The case is adjourned to Thursday.