Jail for retirement home burglary

May 10, 2017 | By More

A 42-year-old woman who stole jewellery from an elderly woman’s unit at a retirement village has been jailed for three years.

Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders noted that Hinemoa Keen had belatedly offered to speak to the police about getting the boxes of jewellery back, as she faced sentencing.

He said the elderly woman had been devastated by the loss of the jewellery which had sentimental value, after Keen committed the opportunist raid on the unit at a retirement village in Addington.

“It was a gross invasion of her privacy. She was entitled to feel secure in her retirement unit,” said the judge, as he sentenced Keen for two burglaries, four charges of dishonestly using documents – a cheque and bank cards – and two thefts.

Keen was weeping as she stood in the dock, and she had handed up a letter she had written, apologising to her victims.

Judge Saunders said she had a “shocking” history of similar offending. “Increasing terms of imprisonment will be imposed if you continue to offend in this way,” he told her.

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