Hostel worker took keys to do burglaries

Last updated 08:15 05/11/2012

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A 39-year-old man stole keys from the Salvation Army men's hostel while working there and used them to commit several burglaries, the Invercargill District Court was told last week.

Simon Thomas Rea appeared before Judge Raoul Neave yesterday on six charges of burglary and one of stealing keys, valued at $158.40, from the Salvation Army men's hostel.

He was sentenced to three months' community detention, 150 hours' community work and ordered to pay $1000 reparation.

Judge Neave said through his employment at the Salvation Army, Rea had obtained keys, which gave him access to laundry machines at the Ascot Park Hotel.

Surveillance showed he had used the key to open the coin slot and remove coins on six occasions, Judge Neave said.

When spoken to by police he admitted stealing the keys and taking some of the money, he said.

Judge Neave said Rea was considered at low risk of reoffending and accepted he was remorseful.

Assault

Barry John O'Brien, 42, was sentenced to four months' community detention, 12 months' supervision and 150 hours' community work for assault with intent to injure and assaulting a female.

Burglary

Samantha Keri Scott, 22, was remanded on bail to December 18 for sentence for three charges of burglary between August 1 and 21.

Intentional damage

David Ezra Alfred Wairau, 18, labourer, of Winton, was remanded on bail to December 18 for sentence for inten- tionally damaging windows, a vehicle and a terracotta pot at Winton on October 7. He was convicted and discharged for possessing utensils on October 9.

Benefit fraud

Slade Ronald Desmond McIntosh, 38, was remanded on bail to December 18 for sentence on five charges of wilfully omitting to tell a Social Security officer he was either employed or his correct income and continued to receive benefits between October 24, 2007, and January 1 this year. The court was told he received an overpayment of $15,638.34.

Breach

Jovan Kamira Dos-Santos, 19, was fined $1000 for breaching community work on September 8.

Tyson Gene Grennell, 24, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on September 25.

Hape Charles Waddell, 19, was remanded on bail to November 28 after he admitted breaching community work.

John William Koro Whatuira, 42, was sentenced to two months' jail for two charges of breaching home detention on October 17 and 23.

Driving

Louisa Patricia Gantley, 19, of Winton, was fined $150 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving while suspended at Winton on September 26.

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Drink-driving

Colin Harris Smith, 59, of Pahia, was remanded to December 14 for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 607mcg at Orepuki on October 10.

Nicholas Raymond Wanakore, 43, 583mcg at Wallacetown on October 10. Sentenced to 100 hours' community work. Disqualified for a year and a day.

Ryan Kelly Allan, 25, of Winton, 760mcg on October 21. Fined $800 and disqualified for six months.

Jeremy Mark White, 22, engineer, was fined $725 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 137mg on October 5.

Faafoo Toomata, 62, 167mg on August 15. Remanded on bail to December 18 for sentence.

- The Southland Times

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