Supermarket trespass wins community work
A Cannons Creek man learned the meaning of trespass last week, receiving an 80-hour community work sentence after visiting a supermarket he was banned from, stealing wine and assaulting staff.
Luke Karini, 17, had been trespassed from Porirua Pak’nSave last December for stealing wine. He returned on July 31 and put a three-litre cask of Country wine into his backpack.
When confronted by a duty manager, he shoved the man in the chest.
Last Tuesday at Porirua District Court, Karini pleaded guilty to charges of assault, theft and breaking a trespass order. He faced a maximum six months’ prison for assault.
The duty manager was not injured, but wanted Karini to be punished for his behaviour, Judge Jan Kelly said.
‘‘The duty manager says you need to be held accountable and I agree.’’
Karini, a plumbing and drainlaying student, would have his future job prospects harmed by his alcoholism, Judge Kelly said.
‘‘It seems that alcohol abuse is a problem with you. If you keep drinking and you keep stealing, you’ll be heading down the road towards prison.’’
Karini’s lawyer, Megan Boyd, said he was already attending a Taeaomanino Trust course to deal with his addiction.