Computer gear at Town Hall taken

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 14/12/2012

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Auckland Town Hall's security cameras proved their worth when they captured a young New Plymouth man stealing computer equipment.

In the New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday Kieran Bradley Mason, 22, was sentenced after pleading guilty to burglary.

He stole $4000 of computer equipment from a ground floor office suite at the town hall on June 29.

Legal counsel Julian Hannam said Mason had a combination of drug and psychiatric problems.

The three weeks he spent in custody had given him time to consider his predicament.

He had close support from family and mental health services were now closely involved in his care.

Mason took total responsibility for his actions and had not forgiven himself for the impact his behaviour had on his family.

He had mental health issues that required proper treatment without which he was likely to encounter further problems. He had a harmful pattern of substance abuse but was now drug-free, Mr Hannam said.

The computer equipment had not been recovered.

Judge Allan Roberts sentenced Mason to 4 months community detention with a seven-day night-time curfew and 9 months intensive supervision to undertake alcohol and drug treatment.

Benjamin Teika, 27, of Waitara, was jailed for eight months after being caught drinking alcohol while on home detention.

In July, Teika was sentenced to eight months home detention for dealing cannabis.

But when half-way through the sentence, he was breath-tested at home and returned a positive reading.

Judge Roberts said Teika had lied when he said he was told by his probation officer he was allowed to drink alcohol.

The judge cancelled the remaining home detention sentence replacing it with jail. "You were clearly unable to take up the luxury [home detention] afforded you."

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