9 Oct 2012

Jury in home invasion trial retires for night

8:22 pm on 9 October 2012

The jury in the trial of two men accused of being involved in a home invasion in Upper Hutt has retired for the night and will resume deliberations on Wednesday.

The judge summed up the case on Tuesday afternoon against Jeremy Gorinski, 34, and Dinesh Manoharan, 36, who have been on trial in the Wellington District Court since last week.

The men are accused of being part of a group that threw pillow cases over the heads of Yvonne and Malcolm Wiffen and robbed them of jewellery and between $50,000 and $80,000 in cash in June 2011.

Judge Bruce Davidson told jurors the Crown evidence against Mr Gorinski included that he was seen after the robbery with large amounts of cash and that he paid almost $9000 in cash for a car.

The judge said the Crown evidence against Mr Manoharan included that when he was arrested he was hiding in a loft with Mr Gorinski.

Judge Davidson said the defence lawyers said the circumstantial evidence was weak and unconvincing and they had suggested that a disgruntled former employee might have been responsible for the robbery.