Even the possibility of a home detention sentence stretching ahead proved too much for determined thief Donna Reta Mareraki.
A judge’s wide knowledge of Christchurch offenders went on show at a district court sentencing in Court 19.
A 31-year-old woman who got children involved in her organised shoplifting has been jailed for four years six months.
A woman who shoplifted a swimming pool has admitted 24 charges and is due for sentencing in November in the Christchurch District Court.
Sentencing of a woman who scammed elderly victims – including a 95-year-old – has been delayed so that a judge can find out more about a positive drug test during a home detention term.
Christchurch needs a centre where women can stay with their young children while they battle their addiction issues, said a judge as she released a compulsive shoplifter onto home detention.
Two Aranui mothers charged with being part of an organised shoplifting ring in Christchurch, Rangiora, and Ashburton have been remanded in custody.
A judge says he doubts a shoplifter’s claim that it was coincidence that he had a pair of scissors which he used to lunge at two people who tried to stop him.
“Next time, if you pay for your meat, you can eat it.” Judge John Brandts-Giesen provides some basic advice to a shoplifter prosecuted in the Christchurch District Court.
A 22-year-old’s two inept shoplifting episodes have sent him on the road to rehabilitation to sort out his drug and alcohol issues.