A New Plymouth man involved in a cigarette burglary spree with his brother refused to pay reparation and told the judge to give him more jail time.
Mitchell Hadley Whittaker and his brother Caleb pleaded guilty to four burglaries, including the Blagdon Dairy and the Fitzroy Four Square, getting away with nearly $8000 in cigarettes.
Caleb Whittaker is already serving a sentence of 20 months and reparation.
Police asked for a similar sentence for his brother.
But when Judge Allan Roberts said Mitchell Whittaker must also address his share of the reparation on leaving jail, the defendant said: "I ain't going to pay.
"I was given reparation seven years ago and I still haven't paid. It's just a waste of time."
The judge then increased Whittaker's jail time by six months to a total 26 months jail.
"Sweet," Whittaker said as he was taken out of the court.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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