Jailed repeat crims failed to get benefit

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 17/01/2014

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Two criminals unable to get on to benefits since their release from prison have been returned to jail after admitting stealing from cars in New Plymouth.

Shannon Nichols, 20, and Daniel Ngaiwi Rawiri, 27, pleaded guilty in the New Plymouth District Court to stealing from two cars, taking a digital camera, iPod and a radar detector worth $800.

The two, and another person, were reported to police at 2am on January 13 when they were seen sitting on the footpath checking out their booty about 50m away from one of the cars they targeted.

When police arrived the three said they found the property in the gutter. Nichols also admitted tagging a bus stop and breaching the liquor ban.

Both their defence lawyers said their clients wished to plead guilty and accepted they would be sent to prison. Neither had been able to get a Work and Income benefit.

Judge Allan Roberts noted Nichols had 26 convictions, including 15 prison sentences and long term addiction issues.

He was unable to remove himself from the cyclic routine of offending, jail, and reoffending, the judge said.

He and Rawiri had been trawling the streets looking for property to steal from cars.

Rawiri was hopelessly addicted and beyond redemption, the judge said. He had 89 previous convictions and 38 sentences of prison.

Nichols was jailed for 9 months and his existing community work sentence cancelled. Rawiri received a 1 year, 6-week jail sentence.

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