A South Taranaki man who torched the house he rented off his parents was jailed yesterday.
Thomas Haki Karl Kerapa, 33, appeared in the Hawera District Court yesterday after earlier pleading guilty to setting fire to the house on August 1.
The police summary of facts said Kerapa was due to be evicted after failing to pay rent.
After an argument with his partner he walked into the lounge where he grabbed a basket containing papers.
He then set fire to the papers in the basket before placing it on the lounge floor.
His partner spotted what he had done and threw the burning heap out the front door. However, she then left the home and Kerapa again set about burning the house down. He sent a number of text messages to his sister explaining what he was doing and she talked him out of the house.
When police caught up with Kerapa, he told them he "wished he could turn back time".
Judge Patrick Treston said as a result of the fire the house and contents belonging to his parents were destroyed.
Kerapa's probation report showed he lacked empathy and had a moderate risk of reoffending.
Judge Treston said Kerapa had a "blase attitude which is totally out of proportion" with what he had done.
Kerapa was sentenced to 31 months' jail.
A Hawera man who indecently assaulted a girl was sentenced to home detention yesterday.
Kyle Sidney Brown, 26, had earlier admitted the charge, stemming from an incident between May 2008 and July 2009.
The court heard how Brown approached the girl, who was 8 or 9 years old at the time, and touched her breast and genital area.
Judge Treston sentenced Brown to four months' home detention. He was also given a three strikes warning.
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