Burglar who failed jailed

00:58, Jun 12 2014

A man who broke into a Nelson dairy twice without stealing anything has been sentenced to prison.

Tamati Rapoama, 21, pleaded guilty to two burglary charges at Nelson District Court.

Judge Tony Zohrab told the court Rapoama went to the Rutherford St dairy about 3am on January 23.

He kicked and punched open a roller door and broke a window which sounded the alarm. He returned on January 31 and attempted to enter the dairy about 4am and soon left.

He told police he could not remember what had happened, so he "must have been smashed".

The damage to the window and door cost $2150 but insurance premiums were too high for the dairy owners.


Defence counsel Jessica Herd said it was Rapoama's first burglary appearance.

While Rapoama had worked for the fish industry occasionally, he did not have the ability to pay for reparations.

Judge Zohrab gave Rapoama credit for his guilty plea and his age.

It was serious offending "albeit it was not greatly successful, but it was not for want of trying".

He sentenced Rapoama to nine months' imprisonment and ordered him to pay reparations of $2150.

The Nelson Mail