10 Oct 2012

Pair found guilty in home invasion trial

7:17 pm on 10 October 2012

Two men accused of being involved in a home invasion in Upper Hutt have been found guilty of aggravated robbery.

Jeremy Gorinski, 34 and Dinesh Manoharan, 36, have been on trial in the Wellington District Court since last week.

The Crown said the men were part of a group who 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 last year.

However, lawyers for accused told the jury their clients were not in the area at the time and were not responsible for the attack.

The jury began deliberations on Tuesday afternoon and returned with the verdicts on Wednesday afternoon.

Judge Bruce Davidson remanded Gorinski and Manoharan in custody until sentencing in November. He indicated that they are likely to be jailed, as he wasn't seeking reports for home detention.