Truck trasher’s spell in prison short­ened

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS -

A ‘‘re­cidi­vist’’ sent to jail for bur­glary and trash­ing a speed­way truck in Cromwell has had his sen­tence re­duced. Tane Rakana Matika, 31, was sen­tenced in Alexan­dra Dis­trict Court in July last year for bur­glary, as­sault with a weapon, as­sault, threat­en­ing to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm and un­law­fully tak­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle. The judge, who de­scribed Matika as a re­cidi­vist, im­posed a cu­mu­la­tive sen­tence of three years’ and four months’ jail re­lat­ing to two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents. An ap­peal was lodged against the sen­tence im­posed for bur­glary and un­law­ful tak­ing. Court doc­u­ments, in re­la­tion to the un­law­ful tak­ing, say Matika and a cousin were drink­ing at a house in Cromwell on Novem­ber 25 last year when an ar­gu­ment started. They left and de­cided to look at the new speed­way, found a truck with the keys in it and took turns driv­ing it around the track. His cousin rolled the truck on to its side then they poured diesel and petrol into the cab. A lawyer for Matika ar­gued the court erred by im­pos­ing cu­mu­la­tive sen­tences of two years and two months plus 12 months. Jus­tice Gra­ham Lang in the Dunedin High Court said a start­ing point of 21 months’ jail was ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause many of the ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors of bur­glary were ab­sent. How­ever, the of­fend­ing caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the truck be­tween $9000 and $14,000. Re­gard­ing Matika’s pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, the lat­est of­fend­ing was made more se­ri­ous be­cause he ig­nored the les­son from two pre­vi­ous jail sen­tences. Judge Lang ar­rived at a cu­mu­la­tive end sen­tence of two years and 11 months.

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