A brother and sister admitted intentionally damaging a barrier arm and ticket dispenser owned by Wilson’s Car Parking Ltd because they were frustrated that they could not leave the building.
At about 1pm on Friday August 24, Roi Wilson, 25, and Akoia Atarangikahu Wilson, 33, were in the car parking building in Hereford Street. When they tried to leave the barrier arm would not rise, and Roi Wilson phoned the call centre and abused the call taker.
He hung up, but then phoned again and was told he would have to apologise for his language and behaviour towards the previous call taker.
Meanwhile Akoia Wilson was attempting to lift the barrier arm, and when she couldn’t, Roi Wilson punched the ticket dispenser causing the front panel to shatter.
She then lifted the arm, breaking it off its bracket and throwing it on the ground. They drove out of the building.
In the Christchurch District Court today, they both pleaded guilty to a charge of intentional damage, and were told the reparation for the damage was going to be $1514.75.
Community Magistrate Leigh Langridge remanded them at large – no bail was required – for a restorative justice meeting if appropriate, and for sentencing on October 8.