Man sentenced for theft from cousin
A man who used his cousin’s laptop to steal money from her bank account has been sentenced.
Queenstown man Pharyn Rawhiti Braxton Himiona, 21, made 17 different transactions to siphon $1263 from his cousin’s account.
In the Queenstown District Court on Monday, Judge John Strettell said Himiona’s cousin had ‘‘supported him’’ and his actions would make it hard for her to trust people in the future.
A victim impact statement from Himiona’s cousin read by Judge Strettell said: ‘‘It will be difficult to forgive [him] for what he has done.’’
Himiona’s cousin declined to participate in restorative justice.
Judge Strettell ordered Himiona to pay back the amount in $50 minimum increments from a benefit he was receiving. He also sentenced Himiona to 180 hours community work.
In a previous appearance on December 13, police prosecutor Sergeant Ian Collin said Himiona moved to Queenstown and was given the laptop to use while his cousin went overseas.
The laptop had the cousin’s online banking passwords saved and Himiona was able to move money from her account to his between August 13 and October 7 last year.
A summary of facts said he was ‘‘remorseful for his actions’’.