Jail for claiming refunds on stolen items

A woman who tried to claim refunds on items she had plucked off the store shelf minutes earlier has been sent to jail.

Desrae Johnal Tui Rapana, 38, was sentenced to six months' jail and ordered to pay $1079.58 reparation when she appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Invercargill District Court this week, having pleaded guilty to 32 charges of obtaining by deception, attempting to obtain by deception and theft between August 4 and January 11.

The court was told Rapana would pick an item off a shelf in a store and walk to the counter, telling staff she had earlier bought the product and wanted a refund.

Rapana repeated this procedure in stores in Invercargill, Riverton, Balclutha, Clinton and Queenstown, gaining cash of between $9 and $180.22 and items including jewellery.

Lawyer John Fraser said Rapana had a problem succumbing to temptation and wanted counselling for her "typical addictive behaviour".

More than half the offending had occurred while she was on bail for the offences between August and December, Judge Turner said.

He warned Rapana her jail sentences would get longer and longer if she continued this behaviour upon release.


Tony Joseph Burke, 34, was sentenced to six months' supervision for assaulting a person and behaving in a threatening manner on January 21.

Kaboka Tenamo, 49, was sentenced to six months' supervision for assaulting a female and assault with a weapon, namely a chair, on December 12.

Michael John Frost, 44, farmer, was sentenced to 90 hours' community work for assaulting a female on January 9.


Oliver Joel Fry, 19, was sentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision and ordered to pay $371.78 reparation for possessing cannabis and utensils for smoking cannabis and intentionally damaging a window and mirror on January 1 and 2.


A 19-year-old man, who has interim name suppression, was remanded in custody to March 4 for stealing a DVD player valued at $80 yesterday.

Threatening to kill

Shaun Russell Stenning, 24, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for threatening to kill a person on January 12.


Christopher James McFall was convicted and discharged for breaching supervision on December 9.

Samuel Francis Ramsey was remanded on bail to February 25 for sentence for breaching supervision and community work.

Saul Brayden Hourston Hancox was sentenced to six weeks' community detention for possessing LSD and for breaching intensive supervision on June 19 and October 13.


Cameron John Flannery, 17, was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving while suspended at Christchurch on January 9.

Graham Frederick Highley, 51, was remanded on bail to February 28 for sentence for driving while disqualified and giving false details on November 28.


Megan Rae Stewart Pope, 53, of Australia, was fined $450 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 492mcg on January 31.

Benjamin Lincoln McLean, 19, 360mcg (under 20). Fined $400 and disqualified for three months.

Aaron Walter Tainui, 30, 468mcg on December 14. Fined $700 and disqualified for seven months.

The Southland Times