An Avondale builder will join his father in prison after both men admitted their roles in an organised crime ring.
Riki William Wellington, 22, admitted 30 charges when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of being a member of an organised criminal conspiracy, being disguised for burglary, unlawful possession of ammunition and 27 charges of burglary.
Police allege that the burglary ring carried out 40 large-scale raids on commercial premises in Hornby, Wigram and Sockburn and took goods worth $800,000.
Wellington was remanded in custody for sentence on May 24 for taking part in the criminal group that was busted in the police Operation Wigram investigation.
Several other people arrested in the Operation Wellington police raids last July are awaiting either trial or sentencing.
Wellington's father, 45-year-old manager Harold William McDonald, earlier admitted being the head of the burglary ring, as well as involvement in methamphetamine.
He was jailed for 10 years on February 15.
Wellington today accepted Judge Raoul Neave's proposal for a seven-year jail term as a starting point before other factors are taken into account.
Defence counsel Nick Rout has said that one factor will be the influence that his father held over him.
The judge will also consider Wellington's youth, and reduce the sentence for his guilty pleas.
Wellington is most of the way through a building apprenticeship and is the father of a 10-month-old child.
He had been on bail but voluntarily went back into custody a month ago to await the sentencing indication hearing, and the eventual jail term that will be imposed.
The time in custody on remand will count towards the sentence he serves.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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