Rapatini jailed for assault with intent to rob

By Sandra Conchie

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One of two men involved in attempted armed robberies at Waihi Mobil station and Park Rd Dairy in Katikati last year has been jailed for six years.

George Rapatini, 22, also known as George Matthews, was sentenced in Tauranga District Court on on Monday, after he was found guilty by a jury last month in relation to two counts of assault with intent to rob.

The offences which also involved his younger brother Rastaman Rapatini, 20, were committed within an hour on June 18, 2012.

The brothers tried to hold up the petrol station and dairy with a pistol and claw hammer, and another unknown weapon while wearing masks.

During the Mobil Service Station attempted robbery no cash was taken but after the sole female attendant was unable to open the cigarette cabinet she was kicked in the stomach.
The owner of the Park Rd Dairy managed to lock himself in a back room so nothing was taken.

Rastaman Rapatini was jailed for six years and four months on January 17, 2013 after he admitted his role in the two attempted robberies.

A third man Jeremiah Reti, who was tried in his absence after he failed to turn up to court last month, was discharged on one count of assault with intent to rob in relation to the Katikati dairy matter.

But an arrest warrant was issued for him as he had earlier admitted his role in the Mobil petrol station attempted robbery.

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