It was probably either the holiday or a bullet between the eyes

money in your back pocket

Robbery victims were offered money and sent on holiday to get them to withdraw their statements to police.

A mother and son pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, over the offers made to the victims of an aggravated robbery the son has admitted.

Ricky Michael Smith, 25, and others confronted their victims to get drugs on December 13, 2014. They took property, and struck one of the men.

When he was in prison, Ricky Smith phoned his mother about influencing the victims to recant their statements to the police.

Connie Elizabeth Smith, 49, met with the victims and gave them money. She also arranged for one victim to engage a solicitor in an effort to get his statement withdrawn, and they were sent on holiday, out of town, on two of Ricky Smith’s court dates.

Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave convicted the pair, and read Ricky Smith the first of the three strike warnings given to repeat violent offenders.

He said the offending was gang-related. Ricky Smith was the sergeant at arms for the Tribesmen MC in Canterbury at the time of his arrest.

On the other hand, it could be a cool way to get some restorative justice.  Get robbed.  Then get cash, a holiday and a large flat screen TV.   Win!


– Stuff

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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