Teen 'too wasted' during burglary

PAUL EASTON
Last updated 17:04 19/06/2013

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A woman thought she was going to be raped or killed after coming downstairs to find a teenaged burglar pulling her computer apart.

After he was discovered, Luke Hawkins, 18, approached the woman making sexually suggestive comments, the Hutt Valley District Court heard today.

He then attempted to hug and kiss her.

From the dock, Hawkins said he could not remember the incident because: "I was too wasted."

"I didn't physically do anything," he said.

In a victim impact statement, the woman said she felt physically ill with fear as Hawkins confronted her at her Lower Hutt home in May.

"I thought that's it, I'm, going to be beaten up or raped. The thought crossed my mind that I could die."

Despite her fears, she promised Hawkins she would get him some money, before leaving the room and calling police.

She then waited with Hawkins to stop him leaving.

Hawkins later pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary.

The court heard Hawkins had racked up 10 previous convictions in 11 months, including one of unlawfully being on a property.

He was already sentenced to 50 hours community work, but had completed just one.

Judge Bill Hastings said Hawkins needed to realise the effect his actions had on people.

"You need to put yourself in their shoes."

The victim had been terrified of what Hawkins might do to her young sons, who were sleeping upstairs.

She now felt constantly nervous in her own home.

Hawkins said he had not completed previous community work because he had to get up early and had no way of getting there.

Hawkins was sentenced to three months prison.

"See ya Grandma," he called out to relatives as he left the dock.

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- The Dominion Post

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