Feilding family's home burgled and trashed

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 07:02 21/12/2012

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While a Feilding family were enjoying their summer holiday, burglars were trashing their house, drinking their alcohol, eating their frozen pizza and jumping on their TV.

One of the intruders was Landyn Morehu Laird, 18, of Marton.

Overnight on January 4 he and other ‘‘unknown associates’’ broke into Terry and Glenys Munro’s house and, according to a police summary, unleashed ‘‘several hours of destruction’’.

‘‘Once inside, Laird and his associates have removed items from the fridge and pantry and cooked themselves a meal.’’

The liquor cabinet was raided and they destroyed other property in a ‘‘senseless manner’’, the summary says.

‘‘A large flat-screen TV in the lounge was smashed on the floor before knives and a meat cleaver were used to slash the screen.’’

‘‘[They] then jumped on the already damaged TV like it was a trampoline.’’

Finally, they left through a smashed window, taking thousands of dollars of items, including jewellery, clothes and furniture.

Mrs Munro told the Manawatu Standard her house was a mess when she came home and the floor was strewn with empty bottles and pizza boxes.

‘‘We were in panic mode because our son’s still got an expensive Lord of the Rings collection in his bedroom.’’

The collection was fine, although its cabinet was smashed.

A pet canary had also been let out of its cage and was flying around, while a Santa Claus decoration was destroyed.

Mrs Munro said the burglary could have been worse, and she and her husband had since installed an alarm for protection.

In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Laird was sentenced to five months’ home detention and 150 hours’ community work on six burglary charges and one each of theft and assaulting police.

The same night as he broke into the Munro’s, Laird helped himself to six dozen Tui beer from a neighbour’s shed.

He assaulted the policeman on July 7, twice hitting Constable Andrew Royds in a ‘‘cowardly attack’’ from behind.

Laird’s other crimes happened on July 28 and he had since attended a productive restorative justice conference with some of his victims, Judge Grant Fraser said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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