Woman jailed on 13 charges after credit card thefts

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 08:58 13/08/2014

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A woman who moved to Taranaki to get away from a life of crime in Auckland has been jailed.

Danielle Katarina Thatcher, 30, appeared for sentencing in the Hawera District Court on 13 charges, including five of using a document, three of theft and two involving deception. Thatcher had pleaded guilty to most of the charges at an earlier court appearance but two further guilty pleas, to theft and a community work breach charge, were entered during her appearance yesterday.

The charges relate to offending committed between August 2011 and November 2013 when Thatcher lived in Auckland and involved about $10,000 in cash and goods being obtained through using credit cards she had stolen from people.

Lawyer Neal Harding said his client had moved away from her "unstructured" life in Auckland and now had support of family in Hawera. He said the defendant had accepted responsibility for what she had done but was not in a position to make any reparation to the seven victims involved.

Judge Tony Couch said he did not accept the recommendation made by the probation service to sentence Thatcher to intensive supervision and community detention because of the level of pre- meditation involved and the serious nature of the offending.

He said a sentence of imprisonment served by Thatcher for similar offending in October 2012, involving 10 dishonesty charges, also appeared to have had little impact on her.

Thatcher was jailed for one year and four months with standard release conditions to last for six months after her release. No order was made for reparation.

- A man who punched his partner twice in the face will get a chance to say sorry.

Yesterday, Luke Antony Hoys, 21, pleaded guilty to a charge of male assaults female after an incident on August 9.

According to the police summary, Hoys and his partner of eight months were drinking together at a housewarming party in Hawera when the pair began arguing.

After Hoys followed the victim to the bedroom, he shook her by the arms and threw her onto the bed. Hoys then punched her in the chin before leaving the room.

He returned to the room about 15 minutes later and after another argument, Hoys pushed and punched the victim again, this time in the right side of the cheek.

She was left with bruising to the arms and soreness to her face.

Duty lawyer Kelly Marriner said her client was remorseful for the offending and requested a referral be made for a restorative justice meeting so Hoys could apologise to the victim face to face.

Couch convicted and remanded Hoys on bail to re-appear in the Hawera District Court on September 19 for sentencing.

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