Christ's College pupils collared burglar

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 12:40 04/12/2012

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A burglar who was nabbed by two Christ's College pupils has admitted a burglary charge and two breaches of prison release conditions at Christchurch District Court.

Dwayne Andrew Clarke, 26, was in the grounds of Christ's College in Rolleston Ave at 9.35pm on November 18, the court heard.

He broke into a classroom, and took a DVD player and a sweatshirt.

He left after being disturbed by two pupils who chased him to the corner of Gloucester St and held him until police arrived.

Clarke had an alcohol problem, and had been drinking on the night of the burglary, defence counsel Judith Walshe said.

"He obviously didn't make a very good job of it."

Judge Paul Kellar refused bail for Clarke, saying he had previous convictions for offending while on bail, and 53 previous convictions for offending. 

He said there was a high likelihood Clarke would receive a prison sentence, and remanded him in custody to January 31 for sentencing.

The items he took had been recovered.

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