By FELICITY ROSS – Taranaki Daily News
Last updated 05:00 15/04/2010
ROBERT CHARLES/Taranaki Daily News
Police arrested a man about 30 minutes after he allegedly robbed a woman at knifepoint in the centre of New Plymouth yesterday.
Mohi Te Kupu Te Iwimate, 38, unemployed, of Palmerston North, was charged with aggravated robbery and appeared in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday afternoon.
Te Iwimate allegedly entered the bus station on Ariki St just after 8am yesterday morning and asked the victim for a refund on a bus ticket.
When she refused to give him the refund Te Iwimate allegedly pulled out a knife and robbed her of $25.
The scene at the Ariki St bus station was cordoned off as police began forensic tests.
The victim, who has been offered victim support, declined to speak to the Taranaki Daily News about the ordeal.
She works for Dalroy Tours at the bus station, which is guarded by two surveillance cameras.
Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward said the knife and money had been recovered by police.
"The gentleman was disputing a refund of a bus ticket and when he was declined, pulled out a knife and started brandishing it around. He threatened the attendant and demanded his money."
During Te Iwimate's appearance in court, lawyer Barry Henderson said his client had given a full and frank admission to police.
He was remanded in custody by consent.
Mr Henderson said Te Iwimate had mental health issues, was on anti-depressants and an anti-psychotic injection which he received on Tuesday.
He asked for a psychiatric evaluation to be done on the man.
Te Iwimate was remanded in custody without plea and will reappear in court on May 6.