A repeat burglar asked for a short prison sentence so he could help his partner bring up their three-week-old baby.
In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday Cody Nunn, 26, acknowledged through his lawyer he had a drinking problem.
He did not recall the opportunistic burglaries for which he had pleaded guilty, defence lawyer Eleanor Connole said.
The latest two burglaries were his 4th and 5th but it had been nearly 6 years since his previous offences.
"You have four pages of prior convictions and your record includes prior burglaries," Judge David McKegg told Nunn.
There was an arrogance which ran through Nunn's probation report which was probably a manifestation of his problems with alcohol, he observed.
"It is time you changed."
Nunn was sentenced to 7 months in prison and ordered to pay just $250 of the $3000 asked for in reparation because of his inability to pay. Nunn also had his fines remitted.
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