Man admits $25,000 theft spree

Last updated 09:39 12/06/2014

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A 20-year-old Blenheim man has pleaded guilty to eight charges of burglary, two charges of theft and three of using a document dishonestly.

Andy Junior Halliday appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday, where he admitted the offending, which took place between December last year and January.

Judge Bruce Davidson said Halliday played a secondary role in the offending, in which he and an associate took about $25,000 of property from sheds, caravans, campgrounds, backpackers and rural properties in and around Marlborough.

He convicted him on all of the charges, as well as further charges of breaching his bail and breaching a sentence of intensive supervision.

A big amount of property had been taken, which would have had a considerable impact on a large number of victims, the judge said.

He remanded Halliday in custody, where he had been since March, until July 7 for sentencing.

Walter Frederick Narayan, 36, was sent to prison after admitting two charges of burglary.

The judge said the burglaries, of the same Blenheim backpackers, took place within a short space of time, in mid-April, and early May this year. "The defendant has gone into the premises searching for food and alcohol," he said.

"Each of the burglaries might be described as low level in themselves, nevertheless they would be concerning for the management of the backpackers who have obviously taken appropriate security steps."

Also of concern was Narayan's "extensive list of previous convictions", which spanned 20 years from 1994 until earlier this year. He had about 10 previous convictions for burglary, the judge said.

Narayan was sentenced to 11 months' imprisonment on both charges. A further charge he was facing, of breaching a protection order, was dismissed.

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- The Marlborough Express

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