Primary school break-in admitted

November 17, 2016 | By More

School signTwo men caught with multi plugs and cords stolen from the music room at Addington Primary School pleaded guilty to charges of burglary in the Christchurch District Court.

Nathan Ihaka Te Hana, 42, and Gareth Eyre, 25, were caught by a police dog handler a short distance from the school after the alarm was triggered on July 19.

In the early hours of July 18 the window in the door of the music room was smashed with a brick. Guitars, guitar accessories, and four amplifiers were removed and the amplifiers were stored in the bushes near the school.

The next morning, also in the early hours, Te Hana went into the school and took plugs and cords, while Eyre waited outside.

Defence counsel Glenn Dixon, said Eyre wanted a remand before sentencing so he could attend a restorative justice meeting. He was remanded in custody on the burglary charge, to November 18, so that inquiries could be made to find out if the school was interested in attending a meeting.

Te Hana’s charge of burglary was amended to a charge that he was a party to the burglary.

His defence counsel, Teresa Penman, said the items stolen by these men were recovered, and there was no evidence Te Hana was involved in breaking the window or entering the school.

Judge Peter Rollo said Te Hana had a lesser role than Eyre, and sentenced him to 15 months in prison, and said he was not to apply for a substituted sentence of home detention.

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