Theft a breach of trust, judge tells woman

18:10, Aug 21 2014

A degree of premeditation in the offending of Twizel woman Keri-Ann Destiny Lyana Burgess was a significant issue in her sentencing in the Timaru District Court yesterday.

Burgess, 31, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work on one charge of falsifying a document and one charge of theft by a person in a special relationship.

She stole a total of $3428.48, which counsel John Black said had been repaid in full.

Judge Joanna Maze said she had to take into account the breach of trust in Burgess' offending. She added it was a pity the victim did not elect to take part in restorative justice.

"The early guilty plea is commendable, but I have to keep in mind that your actions were premeditated and repetitive and showed that you knew what you were doing."

As the least restrictive outcome, Judge Maze sentenced her to community work.


The Timaru Herald