Phone theft 'a bit low'

Last updated 07:09 26/06/2012

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A good samaritan in Hastings had her cellphone stolen after trying to help a drunk woman staggering along the street, the Blenheim District Court heard yesterday.

Hani Shilo Heitia, 23, unemployed, formerly of Hastings, admitted a charge of theft.

Police prosecutor sergeant Graham Single said the woman and her husband saw Heitia at 6.15am on February 15 and stopped to help, calling police. While waiting in the car Heitia took the phone.

In sentencing Heitia to 150 hours' community work, Judge Tony Zohrab made his feelings about the crime clear to her.

"It's a bit low to steal a cellphone from someone in that situation; very low."

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