A Mokau family lost a lifetime collection of jewellery worth $57,000 in a burglary.
Yesterday in New Plymouth District Court Blake Adam Taroa Rowe admitted receiving property from the burglary on May 21 including a distinctive jewellery box.
Rowe also admitted to a raft of other offences.
These included reckless use of a motor vehicle on May 24 in New Plymouth when he was speeding down Belair Ave, and, travelling on the wrong side of the road, collided with a motor vehicle then took off without checking to see if anyone was hurt.
On May 28 and 29 in Waitara Rowe threatened four members of the Marino family with serious harm and to burn their homes down.
At one stage he pulled out a machete from his clothing yelling he would cut their legs off.
On May 29, he broke into a house in Roy Tce but was disturbed by a neighbour.
Judge Allan Roberts remanded Rowe in custody for sentencing on December 17.
The judge called for a full pre-sentence report focusing on upper-tier sentences.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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