Burglary committed out of spite

Last updated 05:00 17/07/2013
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A 26-year-old man who stole 461 packets of synthetic cannabis from his former workplace "out of spite" was sentenced to home detention.

Damian Fane Mair appeared before Judge Alistair Garland in the Invercargill District Court yesterday for sentence for burglary on May 26.

He was sentenced to three months' home detention and 100 hours' community work, with a further 66 hours' community work imposed in place of fines.

Judge Garland said Mair broke into a south Invercargill store and stole 461 packets of synthetic cannabis, each valued at $10. The items were found by police a short time later in the boot of his vehicle.

He told police he had been dismissed from his employment at Impuls'd and decided he would break in out of spite, Judge Garland said.

The court was told there were two underlying causes of his offending, which included his severe addiction to synthetic cannabis and his perception of how he was treated in terms of his employment.

His use of synthetic cannabis was destructive but Mair said he had since stopped using it, Judge Garland said.

Mair's lawyer, Kate McHugh, said he had spent time seething and getting angrier about the termination of his employment and was not thinking rationally at the time of the offence.

He was optimistic and positive about his future and motivated to continue with abstinence from synthetic cannabis, she said.

Last month, Mair told The Southland Times he had gone bush with his dog to quit the drugs cold turkey.

Mair said he had been using synthetic cannabis for three years, smoking up to two packs a day, at an estimated cost of $10,000 a year.

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- The Southland Times

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