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Judge Warns Young Offenders To Expect Jail

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Wellington, March 6 NZPA - A Wanganui judge yesterday jailed two teenagers for aggravated robbery, and warned young offenders they could expect jail for serious offending.

Wanganui District Court Judge Peter Callinicos issued his warning when sentencing Dolphy Tetawhero Kohu, 17, and Issac Matana Eriha, 16, for the aggravated robbery of a Wanganui dairy last September.

The pair had pleaded guilty in the youth court last year and had both been on bail for other offences at the time of the robbery, The Wanganui Chronicle reported.

Kohu 16 at the time of the robbery, was sentenced to three years and nine months' jail and Eriha, who was 15, received three years, six months.

Two others involved have not been caught.

Judge Callinicos said there had been much serious youth offending in Wanganui over the past six months, all targeting vulnerable people.

"I am the sentencing judge for five of these cases and wish to make clear that I will be handing down sentences that will serve as a deterrent to the other young offenders.

"For other young men like you there will be prison sentences. The public are entitled to safety in this town."

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