Chip-shop burglar may be served up bill

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:16 14/07/2014

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A teen burglar who got stuck inside a fish and chip shop's extraction vent may face a hefty bill for the damage he caused.

Porou Tyman Lypton Wrathall, 18, of Northcote, pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court today to a burglary charge.

No reparation figure was revealed in court. However, it is understood the claim will include the cost of the damage and possibly a claim for financial losses while the shop had to stay closed.

Defence counsel Donald Dickson said the claim was disputed.

Judge Tony Couch remanded Wrathall on continued bail to July 28 for a pre-sentence report and sentence.

He also ordered a more detailed report on the reparation claimed, and on Wrathall's ability to pay it.

Police said that about 1am on June 17, Wrathall went to the fish and chip shop in Langdons Rd, Papanui.

He climbed onto the roof of the property and entered by sliding down the extraction vent above the shop's cooking vats.

He ran into the motor on the way down.

"He became stuck halfway down the vent, and after several attempts to free himself, alerted neighbours by yelling for help," police prosecutor Sergeant Iain Patton said.

Wrathall explained to police that he had been looking for money, and thought he could easily slide down the vent into the shop.

He was freed after the fire service cut him out, emerging covered in grease after hours stuck in the vent.

Wrathall was taken to hospital because, it was said at the time, he had hypothermia and crush injuries from being wedged in.

He has no previous convictions.

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