Jail sentence for burglary charge

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Committing burglary, while serving community detention for burglary, saw a 20-year-old Oamaru man handed a 13 month jail sentence yesterday.

In the Oamaru District Court, Judge Joanna Maze told Damon Barry Needham offending while serving a sentence for burglary indicated “exactly how little care or thought” he had given to his “predicament” last time.

Needham was charged for a burglary spree of caravans, a house boat and dwellings between June 24 and 25, jointly charged with TeeJay Summers and Todd Richard Brown, just six to seven weeks after being sentenced for other burglary offences.

He also appeared on a charge of driving while disqualified on July 2.

Defence Counsel Ngaire Alexander said Needham has recently started an Aoraki Polytechnic course and as a result had started associated with a new peer group – away from those with which offending may occur.

A sentence of home detention or imprisonment would mean he would have a set-back in his course, but he understood that he had brought that on himself, she said.

“Given that this is such a positive step he has taken, it seems a shame for it to be lost,” Ms Alexander told Judge Maze before sentencing.

Judge Maze said it was clear Needham had not been previously deterred by community detention, so he was handed a sentence of imprisonment as a result.

On each burglary charge, he was convicted and sentenced to 13 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay reparation costs of $576.83.

On the charge of driving while disqualified, he was convicted and sentenced to one months’ imprisonment (concurrent) and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

For being found in a building with intent to commit a crime, he was sentenced to one months’ imprisonment (concurrent).

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Robert James Campbell, 46, of Kakanui, was convicted, and sentenced to four months’ community detention for possesion of a weapon, intentional damage and threatening to kill on May 2 and unlawfully using a motorvehicle for his own purpose on May 10.

On May 2, Campbell drove to a commercial gardening workplace where he was a part-time worker, parked his car and started smashing boxes with an axe. When a supervisor approached, the court heart that he swung an axe in the air telling him he was going to kill him, before putting the axe in a fence post.

Judge Maze said it was a “very frightening episode” before sentencing him to community detention.

Harley James Henderson, 24, unemployed, of Waimate, was convicted, sentenced to four months’ community detention, 100 hours’ community work and disqualified from driving for 15 months for driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 646mcg on High St, Waimate, on February 24.

On a charge of driving while forbidden on the same day he was convicted and discharged.

Louisa Emmeline Scott, 26, unemployed, of Oamaru, was convicted and sentenced to two months’ community detention for breaching community work on May 16.

Nicholas Ayson, 35, labourer, of Oamaru, was convicted, sentenced to 120 hours’ community work and disqualified from driving for six months for careless driving on Thousand Acre Rd causing injury to Alisha Jane Hughes on December 22, 2012.

On two charges of breaching bail, he was convicted and sentenced to 40 hours’ community work on each, to be served concurrently.

Semisi Pepeli Moala Prescott, 31, freezing worker, of Oamaru, was convicted, fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 659mcg on Conway St on August 25.

Jacob Ross, 19, labourer, of Oamaru, was convicted, fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 760mcg on Fernbrook Rd on September 1.

Sharon Doreen Livesey, 44, of Oamaru, was convicted, fined $300 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with an excess blood alcohol level of 126mg on Orwell St on July 17.

Paul Jones, 52, labourer, of Oamaru, was convicted and ordered to pay reparation costs of $750 for assaulting a female on September 10.

Corey James Harrison, 38, freezing worker, of Oamaru, was convicted and ordered to pay reparation costs of $400 for assaulting a female on August 31.

Jordon Kane Johnson, 20, labourer, of Oamaru, was convicted, sentenced to nine months’ intensive supervision, four months’ community detention and disqualified from driving for 15 months for driving while disqualified and driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 836mcg on Works Rd on June 1.