Su­per­mar­ket tres­pass wins com­mu­nity work

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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.

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