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Owning up to boss 'impressive'

Last updated 05:00 08/12/2012

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A 30-year-old Powerstore employee who stole more than $15,000 from the business was yesterday told by a District Court judge that owning up to his offending was "impressive".

Whai-Te-Mangai Reti appeared before Judge Phil Moran in the Invercargill District Court yesterday for stealing money from Rices Powerstore and dishonestly using a document, namely an eftpos card, to obtain a pecuniary advantage between August 4 and October 4.

He was sentenced to six months community detention, 150 hours community work, 12 months supervision and ordered to pay $5928.36 reparation.

Judge Moran said Reti had confessed to his boss he had been ripping the business off as a result of his addiction to the pokies. He had taken cash and cheques of about $15,000. It was a substantial fall from grace for Reti, who was second in charge at Rices, Judge Moran said.

"This is serious offending by a man in a position of trust."

Owning up to the offending was impressive, he said. Offensive behaviour Morgan Jane Kelly, 18, was convicted and discharged for behaving in an offensive manner in a public place on September 18 and sentenced to 150 hours community work for receiving property valued at $4000 knowing it to have been stolen and cultivating cannabis on September 28. Threatening Steven Darrell Cossill, 21, labourer, was sentenced to six months jail for threatening to do grievous bodily harm to a person, unlawfully carrying a pistol in public and breaching release conditions on November 16. Assault Allastair Donald MacInnes was sentenced to six months community detention, 100 hours community work and ordered to pay $2000 emotional harm reparation for injuring with intent to injure and demanding $4000 with menace on February 14, 2011.

Michel Edwin MacInnes was sentenced to 200 hours community work for assault with intent to injure on February 14, 2011.

The court was told the pair, along with another man, went to the home of a man they suspected was responsible for a burglary where firearms were taken. The group went to his house to get the firearms back and make him tell them where they were.

Matangaro O Tumai Rura, 30, slaughterer, was sentenced to nine months supervision for assaulting a child between March 1 and 29. The court was told he slapped his 10-year-old stepdaughter across the face while trying to break up a fight between siblings. Breach Thomas William Toomey, 26, was sentenced to 40 hours community work for breaching supervision twice on November 1.

Kane Harris Joseph Johnston-Walters, 23, was fined $200 for breaching release conditions on November 15.

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Quintin Allan Pearsey, 32, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on November 20.

Nikora John Schultz, 20, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on November 1.

Eugene Nicholas Wikitera was convicted and discharged for breaching community work. Driving Trent Dillon Beaman, 23, engineer, of Wairio, was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving while disqualified at Winton on November 17.

Hayden John Chalmers, 30, was fined $300 and disqualified for six months for driving with sustained loss of traction on November 17.

Graham Frederick Highley, 50, was sentenced to 100 hours community work for driving while disqualified and fined $400 for giving false details on September 1.

Gene Haiwae Sullivan, 19, of Tauranga, was convicted and discharged for driving carelessly on October 21.

Stephen Ross Jensen, 24, driver, of Mossburn, was fined $600 and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified and giving false details at Lumsden on November 10. Drink-driving Troy Francis Wilmshurst, 34, farmer, was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for one year and one day for driving with a breath alcohol level of 893mcg at Lumsden on November 18.

Caleb Jesse Grey, 20, 563mcg. Fined $600 and disqualified for six months.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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