Taranaki burglar Tahi Paki wants to be home for Christmas

Mark Robert Williamson appeared in the New Plymouth District Court facing 11 charges.
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Mark Robert Williamson appeared in the New Plymouth District Court facing 11 charges.

A Taranaki criminal sent photos of his newborn son to a judge in the hope of getting out of jail before Christmas. 

Tahi Paki has been in custody since early September after he hit his partner in the head and burgled a service station and a bottle store.

On Tuesday he appeared in front of Judge Chris Sygrove in the New Plymouth District Court for sentencing. 

His defence lawyer Nathan Bourke told the judge that Paki had written him a letter that included photos of his newborn son. 

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"I trust you have seen it," Bourke said. 

"He's never been to prison so these months have been quite the eye opener to him. 

"He wants to be able to go home for Christmas, sir."

Sygrove told Paki that he had received his letter.

"I have read your letter to the court, and seen the photos of your child," Sygrove said.

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"You say you will never commit a crime again and I certainly hope we won't see you back here again.

"You have shown remorse. You have also served a reasonable amount of time already."

Before sentencing him Sygrove reminded Paki of his string of offences.

He said Paki went to the Spirit Stratford service station and stole cash and cigarettes.

"You also went to the Big Barrell liquor store on two occasions and stole items from them," he said.

"Then on another occasion you assaulted your partner following a drunken episode. You punched a hole in the wall after hitting her about the head and the face."

However, Sygrove acknowledged that Paki had not been convicted for dishonesty or violence before.

"Effectively you are a first offender for this type of offending, but of course this is more serious offending than the drink driving offending that you have been sentenced to before.

"Things are not improving for you Mr Paki, in fact, you are actually going downhill."

Sygrove sentenced Paki to seven and a half months of jail for the two charges of burglary, one charge of intentional damage and one charge of male assaults female.

Paki has been in custody since September 7.

 - Stuff

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