A brazen recidivist shoplifter walked out of a supermarket with a trolley loaded with $1500 worth of luxury items.
Michelle Tracey Murphy, 42, unemployed of Inglewood, was accompanied by a man when they went around Pak 'n Save aisles at 1.30pm on September 28.
They piled luxury products in the trolley and then walked out the door with them without paying, the court heard.
In the New Plymouth District Court, Judge Max Courtney said the theft was one of the most brazen he had seen.
Normally shoplifters made an attempt to hide stolen items "but to attempt to walk out with $1500 worth of items is quite staggering," the judge said.
All the property was recovered. Murphy had previous convictions, including eight last year for similar offending.
Murphy was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and warned if she continued to offend she would likely lose her liberty.
A man with an extensive criminal history was jailed for two months for threatening to kill his brother.
Fabian Bull admitted the offence, saying he was confused and not sleeping because of his anti-psychotic medication.
The judge sentenced Bull to two months for the threat and a further four weeks in return for remitting outstanding fines of $3306.
Sonny Charles Te Arihi Lores admitted driving under the influence of cannabis, the second time he had been convicted.
Lores, found asleep in his car at Bell Block, failed an impairment test. He admitted smoking cannabis.
The judge gave him a final warning, saying it was a concern that it was Lores' second similar offence in 12 months.
Lores was sentenced to 80 hours community work and disqualified from driving for eight months.
A father has admitted fraud totalling $32,538.41 when he continued to get the domestic purposes benefit while he was working.
After pleading guilty to eight charges of obtaining by deception and using a document, Joel David O'Connor was remanded for a pre-sentence report.
O'Connor wrote to the Department of Social Development apologising for his poor judgment.
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