A stalker who filled his victim’s petrol tank and oil tank with concrete was sentenced to an intensive supervision, and a community detention term, in the Christchurch District Court today.
Peter Wolfe Casey, 52, was sentenced on four charges of burglary where he repeatedly went to the victim’s Amberley house to tamper with her car.
On the first occasion on August 17 he refused to leave the victim’s address that he had been trespassed from.
The next visit on August 26 he filled the petrol tank with water, and put a painter’s rag into the exhaust pipe.
On August 31 he poured motor oil into her petrol tank, and on September 13 he turned the power off in her house and smashed the front driver’s side window on the car.
The next day he used a screwdriver to open the petrol cap. He poured ready mix concrete into the petrol tank and the oil tank, then filled them with water which caused the cement to mix and set in the car.
The victim saw him and called the police who followed him at excessive speeds and finally stopped him and arrested him in Leithfield.
Defence counsel Kirsty May said Casey had $4120 to pay to the woman for reparation.
She said he had started a stopping violence programme, and was extremely remorseful and aware of the impact on his victim.
He wanted to apologise to her and attend a restorative justice conference, she said.
Casey had engaged with a counsellor, and had spent 23 days in custody until his victim had moved address, Mrs May said.
Judge John Strettell said it was a deliberate targeting of the victim, with a significant emotional and psychological impact on her.
He sentenced Casey to five months community detention with a curfew from 7pm to 6am, and nine months intensive supervision.
He said Casey was to keep attending the stopping violence programme, and be assessed for counselling and treatment programmes.