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Robbery to be admitted, trial by jury on assault charge

One of a gang accused of robbing a busy Palmerston North liquor store in broad daylight has indicated he will plead guilty to the crime.

Tchanze Ropata Teki Pullen, an 18-year-old from the South Island town Otekaieke, appeared in the Palmerston North District Court on Tuesday charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault of a police officer.

His lawyer indicated he would plead guilty to the aggravated robbery charge, but a not guilty plea was entered for aggravated assault of a police officer.

Pullen elected trial by jury on that charge.

He was arrested on March 22 after the Liquorland on College St was robbed.

Police say a group of people ran into the store and made off with items.

A shot is believed to have been fired, but no-one was harmed.

Five of the six people allegedly responsible were arrested and in an earlier statement from police, Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said they wanted all involved to be held accountable.

“We are determined to ensure that all of the persons responsible for this crime are held to account.”

He said the response to public appeals for information had been fantastic.

“It enabled us to quickly put together events that occurred.

“The employee working at the time has been advised of the arrests and of course is delighted.

“It is hard to imagine the things that go through someone’s mind when they have a gun pointed at them.”

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