Woman stole suitcases from travellers

September 7, 2017 | By More

A woman who stole three suitcases from Christchurch Airport, rifled through them and then threw the contents away, was sentenced to community work and ordered to pay reparation in the Christchurch District Court.

On November 18, Cerice Wairaku Duncan, a 28-year-old from Aranui, entered the airport three times, and each time took a stolen suitcase back to her car.

Judge David Saunders said the victims of the offending were distressed, and one elderly victim had medication taken.

He said they suffered dread and panic when their bags didn’t turn up, then had to claim and replace the items, which was inconvenient and they felt violated.

Defence counsel Nicola Hanson said the root of the offending was an addiction to synthetic cannabis, which Duncan would be willing to do rehabilitation programmes to address.

Duncan also stole headphones, speakers, and sunglasses from The Warehouse in Eastgate on November 17. The items were recovered.

Duncan had admitted three charges of theft and one of shoplifting.

Judge Saunders sentenced her to 220 hours community work, and nine months supervision with a condition she attend and complete an alcohol and drug rehabilitation programme.

Because she used her father’s car at the airport, then drove away and disposed of the contents of the suitcases, he disqualified her from driving for three months, and ordered reparation of $4700 for the three luggage victims.


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