Backpackers burgled

20:11, May 06 2013

Fletcher Paul Johnson, 20, a Picton logging contractor, admitted burglary of the Leeway Backpackers in Blenheim on March 2 and was sentenced to a year of intensive supervision, five months' community detention and 120 hours' community work and ordered to pay $239.25 in reparation.

Judge Russell said Johnson and another man broke into the backpackers and stole a cash box with $492 in it and a mountainbike. They came came back with friends twice more and took another bike and clothing, he said.

Defence lawyer John Holdaway said, as well as being drunk, Johnson had smoked synthetic cannabis which made him sick and he had no memory of the night.

Judge Russell said Johnson had charges from 21 separate incidents over the past five years including burglary and theft, he said. He warned Johnson that he would be monitoring his sentence and told him if he did not comply he would be sent to prison.



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