Family disowns man for stealing

21:48, Dec 03 2012

A 19-year-old man who stole money from his grandmother's online bank account and used it to buy alcohol, food and clothing has been cut off and disowned by his family, Invercargill District Court was told last week.

Daniel Graham Keen appeared before Judge John Macdonald yesterday and admitted 14 charges of directly accessing a computer system, namely BNZ online banking, and dishonestly obtaining a pecuniary advantage between August 17 and September 27.

He was remanded on bail to January 29 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said Keen contacted his grandmother, who lived in the North Island, and asked her for money to buy boots.

She gave him her bank account and pin number for the specific amount only. She went to Australia on holiday and while she was away he accessed her account without authority, on 14 separate occasions.

When his grandmother returned home she noticed the money was missing, and $10,850 in reparation was sought, Ms Harvey said.


Keen's lawyer, Hannah Cuthill, said he had offered to make reparation. All the money had been spent on items such as alcohol, food, clothing and a bike. He had tried to sell some of those items to recover some of the money, she said.

Keen had since been cut off from his family and disowned. He was remorseful and mortified with himself, Ms Cuthill said.

Milton Gavin Massie, 24, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on September 29.

Jayden Alexander Hodge, 20, was convicted and discharged for breaching supervision on October 18.

Jessika Dianna Lola Esther Jarman, 21, of Tuatapere, was convicted and discharged for breaching community detention at Tuatapere on October 13.

Nicholas John Egerton, 26, builder, of Otautau, was fined $450 for fishing for whitebait within 20 metres of the confluence of the Waiau River and Kowhai Creek on August 24.

Anthony Trevor James Rouse was sentenced to 12 months' supervision for assault using a set of keys as a weapon and behaving in a threatening manner at Lumsden on November 14.

Brian Skilton, 17, was sentenced to 125 hours' community work for possessing an air rifle while being under the age of 18 and without a firearms licence and discharging the firearm with reckless disregard for the safety of others on November 8.

Jahmal Clarke Batchelor, 24, courier, was sentenced to 75 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for six months for driving while under the influence of a drug on September 20. The police summary of facts says Batchelor had been smoking K2 before driving.

He began to hallucinate while stopped at traffic lights before driving to an intersection, where he lost consciousness. He also complained of chest pains.

Toni Marie Gorton, 19, was fined $200 and disqualified for six months for aiding a person to drive while disqualified on October 27.

Lyndon David Barlow, 24, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and disqualified for one year for driving while disqualified on November 22.

Ryan Campbell McManaway was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with a blood-alcohol level of 99mg on September 16.

Eugene Nicholas Wikitea, 32, meatworker, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 886mcg on November 10.

Chantelle Marie Westrupp, 29, 883mcg on November 18. Fined $1000 and disqualified for eight months.

The Southland Times