Drunk and drugged burglar declines rehab

August 5, 2015 | By More

Court House-general1Lyall Anzac Hetariki doesn’t see the need for rehabilitation for his habit of 18 beer cans a day, plus pills, and spirits when he can get them.

His lifestyle has led to 132 convictions so far, and yesterday he added two more burglaries and a two-year five-month jail sentence.

He had pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court before the sentencing by Judge John Strettell.

Hetariki, 44, is an aimless wanderer who makes frequent appearances at the Christchurch courts, but the latest sentence was imposed to give the community a break from his activities.

Defence counsel Steve Hembrow said Hetariki had told him he did not like offending and going to jail, and he now saw himself as too old and wanted to stop offending.

Even so, he would serve his time in jail and any drug or alcohol rehabilitation imposed after that would not be any use because he would not attend.

Mr Hembrow said that Hetariki was in need of institutional care. “His alcohol and drug use has quite clearly had an effect on his understanding and cognition.”

He was consuming 12 to 18 cans of beer a day, spirits when he could get them, and was also abusing prescription medicines.

And yet, Judge Strettell noted, Hetariki did not see a need for rehabilitation.

These two daylight burglaries of houses took place in Redwood on May 11. He tried to break into one house with a screwdriver and aluminium cricket wicket, but failed. He then used a ladder to try to break into a neighbouring house, but failed, so he used a rock to smash a window. He found a wallet in a bedroom and took $150 from it, though Hetariki insists the amount was actually $50.

He admits had had drunk too much and taken too many pills on the day. It’s the pattern for all his offending, in fact. He has 14 burglaries on his previous record.

Judge Strettell described him as “a recalcitrant and regular serious offender” whose lifestyle was dependent on alcohol and drugs. “There is a lack of any real realisation of the impact of the offending upon the victims.”

He imposed the two-year five-month jail term and ordered Hetariki to pay $950 for the householders’ damage and losses, after his release from prison.


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