Receiving goods 'enables thieves'

19:00, Nov 27 2012

A 35-year-old man was last week told burglars were able to operate because of people like him.

Hemi George Koroheke, meat worker, appeared before Judge Emma Smith in Invercargill District Court for receiving jewellery, valued at $1500, knowing it was stolen and receiving wetsuits, an iPod, sunglasses, a sports bag, gift certificates, a game console and camera valued at $2500 knowing they were stolen in August and September.

He was sentenced to five months' community detention and ordered to pay $1500 reparation.

Judge Smith said Koroheke had sold the stolen property. Receiving charges were considered serious because it was people like Koroheke who enabled burglars to operate, she said.

Unlawfully in enclosed yard
Steven Douglas Thomson, 52, was sentenced to 165 hours' community work, fined $500 and ordered to pay $1000 reparation for being found in an enclosed yard and behaving in a disorderly manner on October 11, intentionally damaging a vehicle on November 3, failing to answer bail on November 14 and breaching supervision.

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