Cannabis habit blamed for offending

19:37, Aug 09 2012

Carrying out seven burglaries while being on community detention for four burglaries has landed a Timaru man two years and three months jail.

Jamie Michael Mills, 22, was sentenced yesterday by Judge Brian Callaghan in Timaru District Court on seven charges of burglary, two charges of possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis utensils, breach of community detention and receiving stolen property.

Mills admitted receiving in February a stolen laptop which he on-sold for $150. On May 21, he went to an Old North Rd address to buy cannabis. The occupant was away so he entered the home through the garage and stole a 42-inch television. On May 10, with an associate he broke into a Church St home and stole five firearms, which he put in a wheelie bin to remove them. The bin was later found outside his house.

On May 15, he went to a Richmond St home and stole a 50-inch TV and a laptop. On May 28 he broke into a Craighead St home and stole frozen food, but was disturbed by someone returning. On June 5, with an associate, he stole from Wilson St house a home-theatre system, two Rip Curl watches, snowpants and jacket and basketball collectors' cards, taken in a cricket sports bag.

On June 7, he targeted a Rhodes St house, taking a TV taken but again the offenders were disturbed. On June 11 a Raymond St house was entered and three rifles were taken and a chainsaw. Again a wheelie bin was used to take the stolen items and it was later found outside Mills address.

On June 19 a search at Mills' home uncovered a gram of cannabis and a bong.


Mills has been in custody since June 22 and said he wished to take part in restorative justice and front up and apologise to the victims. He blamed his offending on a cannabis habit that he was seeking help for.

Judge Callaghan said his fingerprints were found at only three of the properties, but he owned up to all seven burglaries.

"You have created emotional and personal havoc for all these people, two of which were not insured. People feel violated by a burglary because someone has gone though their home and helped themselves."

He was also ordered to pay reparation.

Other matters Levi Michael Kimber, 29, sheetmetal worker of Timaru; misuse of a document (12 charges), trespass (eight charges), driving while forbidden (two charges), obtaining a document, theft - 180 hours community work, to pay $309 plus $141 reparation, disqualified from driving for three months.

Terangimatoru Veikoso, of Timaru; breach of supervision - convicted and discharged.

Samual Edward Sugrue, 18, of Timaru; fighting, resisting police - fined $500.

Jason Matthew McAllister, 23, of Timaru; intentional damage - fined $300.

Ricky Rangitakatu Biddle, 45, of Washdyke; driving while disqualified - 75 hours community work, disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Tony Michael Hancock, 38, of Timaru; possession of cannabis and utensils, cultivation of cannabis - fined $300.

Matthew Robert Malthus, 17, of Pleasant Point; driving while suspended - fined $300, disqualified from driving for six months.

Caleb Charles, 19, labourer of Timaru; breach of community work - fined $700

Melanie Anne Tauwhare, 33, of Timaru; breach of community work - 40 hours community work. Drink-driving Hamish Warne Pearse, 23, of Waitohi; EBA 676mcg - convicted and remanded on bail to September 1 for sentencing.

Haley Anne Lorraine Tangiora, of Christchurch; EBA 331mcg, driving while suspended - fined $630, disqualified from driving for six months.

Jackson Hane Fergusson, 17, of Orari; EBA 667mcg - fined $600, disqualified from driving for six months.

Daniel Jones, 25, shearer of Oamaru; EBA 622mcg, careless driving - disqualified from driving for 10 months, to pay $1386 reparation, 130 hours community work.

Richard John Tiplady, 39, painter of Fairview; EBA 721mcg - fined $670, disqualified from driving for six months.

Duncan Bruce Anderson, 56, of Rangitata; driving while disqualified, EBA 812mcg (sixth conviction) - five months jail, disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Christopher James Phillips, 42, of Ashburton; driving while disqualified, EBA 993mcg (eighth conviction) - 100 hours community work, six months community detention, 12 months intensive supervision, disqualified from driving indefinitely.

Kathy Marie Davidson, 36, kitchen hand of Timaru; EBA 921mcg - three months community detention, 12 months intensive supervision, disqualified form driving for 12 months.

The Timaru Herald