Richie McCaw’s wedding security guard admits shooting women …
Last updated 14:49, June 12 2017
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Doug Roake, pictured here working as a security guard at Richie and Gemma McCaw’s wedding. A security guard from Richie and Gemma McCaw’s wedding has admitted shooting two women and carrying out six gunpoint Canterbury pub robberies. Douglas Anderson Roake, 23, pleaded guilty to six charges of aggravated robbery in the Christchurch District Court on Monday.
He also pleaded guilty to two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and two charges of presenting a firearm.
Gemma and Richie McCaw in Wanaka the day after their January 14 wedding. His lawyer, Helen Coutts, did not apply for a continuation of name suppression. Police launched a manhunt after Roake shot a mother and daughter at a rural home near Rolleston on April 19. The daughter pulled off his balaclava during a struggle. The women were taken to Christchurch Hospital with moderate and serious injuries.
Two hours later he walked into Hotel Ashburton and fired a shot before fleeing with cash.
Roake at a court appearance in April. He was arrested after armed police descended on a property in Rakaia Huts, south of Leeston, early the next day. Roake was part of the security team at former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw’s wedding to Black Sticks hockey star Gemma Flynn at The Olive Grove in Wanaka in January. He was photographed patrolling the perimeter of the venue.
Premises Roake hit included Tavern Harewood, Cashmere’s Brickworks Bar and Restaurant and Trevino’s Restaurant and Bar in Riccarton. The first was on March 10. There were no injuries in any of the robberies.
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Roake robbed The Hotel Ashburton in April. Judge Gary MacAskill remanded Roake in custody for sentencing on August 23.
He referred him for a restorative-justice meeting and ordered a pre-sentence report and victim-impact reports.
A BALACLAVA, A VASE AND THE SHOOTINGS
The marquee for the wedding of Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn. A heavily-disguised Roake, armed with a shotgun with a five-round magazine and a mallet, went to a house on Newtons Rd near West Melton about 10pm on April 19.
He found a woman putting items in her car, pointed the gun at her and ordered her into the house. She fled and phoned police.
Roake fired two shots into the front door and went into the house where two women were watching television. The mother and daughter confronted him in the kitchen and he told them to get on the floor. He demanded money and the keys for one of the cars. The daughter refused to lie down and started to push Roake away and grab the firearm. During the struggle she pulled the balaclava off and recognised him. The mother managed to run from the room and phone police and her son, who lived nearby.
Roake hit the daughter on her head with the mallet and then shot her in the leg. She got up and started to run away from him, pleading with him that she did not want to die. He fired another round into the kitchen roof and hit her with the mallet at least six times. The mother returned and hit Roake over the head with the lid from an ornamental vase. He told her “I’m going to shoot you” and shot her in the stomach.
He then pointed the gun at the daughter and, while yelling at her, continued to hit her with the mallet. The son arrived at the house and saw Roake pointing the firearm at his sister. Roake saw him through the window and pointed the gun at his head. The man ran into the house and confronted Roake, who ran off as he had run out of ammunition.
Later that night Roake went to the Turf Bar at the Ashburton Hotel, where he confronted the restaurant supervisor in the outside courtyard. She ran towards the main bar and office telling patrons that they were being robbed by a man with a gun. Roake was still in the courtyard when he fired a bullet through the wall into the bar. He went into the bar and fired two shots into the till to try to open it. He found an unlocked safe in the office and took $1645.
He went back to an address in the Raikaia Huts where he was arrested the following morning.
ROAKE’S SIX PUB HEISTS
Police said that late on March 10 Roake went into the Tavern Harewood with his face covered, a long-barrelled pump-action shotgun and a black plastic rubbish bag. He approached the duty manager, telling him to put cash from the safe and gaming machines into the bag, saying “Stay still and I won’t hurt anybody”. He pointed the loaded shotgun at several patrons and staff and left with more than $18,000, but $2000 fell out of the bag as he left.
At 10.30pm on March 14 Roake went to The Brickworks Bar in Cashmere, again disguised and carrying the same type of shotgun, although it was a new one he had bought that day. He pointed the gun at the duty manager and demanded she fill his black backpack with money.
“You’re doing well ma’am,” he told her, and left with $43,000. Ten days later Roake went to Trevino’s Restaurant and Bar in Riccarton at 11.40pm. He used the same disguise and a shotgun, and left with $29,708.
Five days later he returned to The Brickworks Bar and fired two shots at the locked door to get in. He approached the duty manager and demanded money, leaving with $12,000. At 10.30pm on April 6 he went to the Springston Hotel, near Lincoln, with a long-barrelled SKS rifle, which he had cut the stock off. He was disguised and told patrons: “Get on the ground, no-one will get hurt”, but also threatened several people that he would “blow their heads off”. He asked the duty manager to empty the safe, but when she said she could not, he fired a bullet into the ceiling and asked her to remove the money from the gaming and TAB machines.
He fired another bullet into the ceiling and took $10,000. Trevino’s Restaurant and Bar owner Marty Fuller said news of Roake’s guilty plea was a “massive relief”. Three staff were working the night of the robbery.
“It was hugely traumatic for them to have a shotgun put in your face is probably one of the most traumatic things that can happen to you.
“It’s a great job by police, they always assured us that they would get this guy.”
Ashburton Hotel owner Peter Whittaker said the robbery was a “shocking thing to happen”. Several staff members received counselling as a result.
“It traumatised the staff, there’s no two ways about that.
“It’s one of those things we’ve just got to live with in our industry, it does happen and we’ve got to move on. We’ve got to put it behind us and get back on with business.”
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