Thief sent to jail for 56th time

Last updated 12:00 15/01/2014

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A Levin man has been sent to prison for the 56th time, all for want of a television and electronics chargers.

Ricky John Barakat, 36, has a list of convictions so long they fill 13 pages.

On November 16 last year he went into The Warehouse in Levin with a friend.

While there, they stole a phone charger and a car charger worth a combined $27.92.

On November 30, Barakat broke into a building in Levin and stole a 52-inch Samsung television worth $1000, along with some CDs and DVDs.

But when he entered through a broken window, he cut himself.

Police collected the blood and matched it with Barakat's DNA.

He pleaded guilty in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday to theft and burglary, and was up for sentencing when Judge David Smith said Barakat had already been imprisoned 55 times.

He also said Barakat had a list of convictions 13 pages long, many of them related to dishonesty offences.

"When you have 13 pages of convictions, it's time to stop."

Judge Smith said there was evidence that Barakat was trying to sort out issues in his life, which was a good step towards staying out of the justice system.

He sentenced Barakat to nine months and three weeks' imprisonment, and ordered him to pay reparation to The Warehouse.

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- Manawatu Standard

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