Drink, pills blamed for burglary

COURT REPORTER
Last updated 06:54 21/01/2014

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A Temuka farmer has blamed mixing alcohol and prescription sleeping pills for a burglary he does not remember.

In the Timaru District Court yesterday Joseph Walter Uden, 24, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary and possession of a knife in a public place.

On November 21, last year, Uden was seen by a member of the public trying to open a shipping container behind the Temuka New World. He eventually forced the door open causing $100 worth of damage.

Police arrived after the member of public called them and Uden was also found to be in possession of a knife.

Uden said he had the knife for protection when he was in Temuka.

He said at the time he was using prescription sleeping pills, which he had mixed with alcohol and did not remember the incident, only waking up in a police cell.

Judge Joanna Maze sentenced him to 80 hours community work and to pay $100 reparation.

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- The Timaru Herald

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