Man stole money put in his account

20:22, Jul 18 2013

A 44-year-old labourer was charged with theft after he spent money that was mistakenly deposited into his bank account.

Raymond Harani Crown appeared before Judge Alistair Garland yesterday in the Invercargill District Court for stealing money between December 14 and 17.

He was sentenced to four and a half months' jail, but given leave to apply for home detention when a suitable address became available, and ordered to pay $7500 reparation.

Judge Garland said the Ministry for the Environment mistakenly deposited money into Crown's bank account but attempted to have the deposit reversed. The ministry got some of the money back but Crown made numerous ATM withdrawals and purchases.

Crown admitted spending the money but said he thought it was a bonus payment from his employer.



Craig Garth Roger, 39, builder, of Athol, was sentenced to four months' jail for assaulting a female and unlawfully possessing a firearm, namely two 7mm 08-calibre centrefire ammunition cartridges, and breaching supervision on June 29.


Daniel George Graham Kelly was sentenced to 50 hours' community work for breaching community work.

Joel Maikara Amohanga, 23, was remanded in custody to August 23 for sentence for breaching release conditions on May 31.

Britney Florence Ruke, 20, was sentenced to six weeks' jail for breaching community work on May 15.

Offensive weapon

A 52-year-old man, who has final name suppression, was sentenced to one year's intensive supervision and 200 hours' community work for possessing an offensive weapon, namely a knife, on June 9.

Disorderly behaviour

Carmin Amanda Hawthorne, 18, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence on July 9.


Levi Stratus Gare, 20, farm worker, of Mataura, was remanded on bail to July 31 for sentence for driving dangerously, unlawfully taking a vehicle and three charges of intentionally damaging road signs at Gore on June 15.

Brendon Shaun Noanoa, 39, was remanded on bail to August 20 for sentence for driving while disqualified and with a breath alcohol level of 577mcg on June 27.

Kerry Kim Gary Lankshear, 20, was sentenced to three months' home detention, 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for one year for driving while disqualified at Wyndham on May 11.

The Southland Times