Addiction, spite drove man to steal from store

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 24/06/2013

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An Invercargill man broke into a shop and stole 461 packets of synthetic cannabis because of his severe addiction and out of spite for his former employer, a judge has been told.

Damian Fane Mair appeared in the Invercargill District Court on Friday before Judge Michael Turner for burglary on May 26. He was remanded on bail to July 16 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Grant Gerken said Mair, a 26-year-old former employee at Impuls'd in the south Invercargill shopping centre, broke into the store on May 26.

He grabbed bags containing 461 packets of synthetic cannabis, with each bag worth $10, he said.

He left the store in his vehicle but police stopped him soon after and the synthetic cannabis was found in the boot, Mr Gerken said. Mair admitted taking it and said he decided to break into the store out of spite for his former employer.

Mair's lawyer, Kate McHugh, said there were two underlying causes of his offending which included his severe addiction to synthetic cannabis and his perception of how he was treated in terms of his employment.

Impuls'd store owner Warren Skill said yesterday Mair was a customer before he was an employee and addicted to synthetic cannabis before he started.

Mair was let go because of abandonment of employment, he said.

"We used to be really good friends. I'm not sure where it went wrong . . . it's a shame. I hope he gets it [his addiction] sorted out.

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- The Southland Times

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