Apologise to grandmother, judge tells wayward teen

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 14/01/2014

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A former Tokoroa teen high on alcohol and synthetic drugs climbed through her grandmother's bathroom window and stole the keys to her van and her handbag.

Karli-Jaye Tauranga-Rameka, 18, then drove the van to Huntly, along with her mates in another car, stolen earlier in Tokoroa.

The teen was yesterday sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court after pleading guilty to unlawfully taking two motor vehicles on November 7, burglary and breach of supervision.

Defence lawyer Josie Mooney said her client had now moved to New Plymouth to live with her parents, was remorseful and acknowledged a problem with alcohol.

Her grandmother wanted nothing to do with her.

Judge Allan Roberts said Tauranga-Rameka's offending against her own whanau was alarming. Her grandmother was left devastated.

In her victim impact statement she said her granddaughter had no regard for her safety and had no concern about taking what she wanted.

The judge said he hoped that Tauranga-Rameka apologised "and you do so quickly".

Both vehicles were damaged. No reparation was ordered.

Judge Roberts noted Tauranga-Rameka's young age, sentencing her to three months' community detention with a night-time curfew, nine months supervision and ordered her to attend alcohol and drug programmes.

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