Man sen­tenced for theft from cousin

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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’’.

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