Judge urges: Get a job

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

A Taka­puwahia man should get a job so he doesn’t have time to wan­der the streets, bur­gling homes and break­ing into cars, Porirua Dis­trict Court heard last Tues­day.

Ihaka Solomon, 20, was sen­tenced to three months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion and 200 hours’ com­mu­nity work for a Septem­ber 9 spate of of­fences.

That night Solomon in­ter­fered with two cars, a BMW and a Toy­ota, He also en­tered a garage and court­yard at sep­a­rate ad­dresses in Raroa Tce, Tawa.

Solomon took meat and other items from the garage but was ap­pre­hended by po­lice as he left and all the stolen items were re­cov­ered.

Solomon was also con­victed of pos­sess­ing a knife with­out rea­son­able ex­cuse that night.

A ben­e­fi­ciary, Solomon was made re­dun­dant last year and had lost mo­ti­va­tion af­ter strug­gling to get a job, his lawyer An­drew More said.

‘‘Like a num­ber of younger males his age, he’s find­ing that dif­fi­cult. He’s essen­tially just floated since then.’’

Solomon al­ready had three con­vic­tions for sim­i­lar of­fences, all re­lat­ing to one night in 2012, which could again be at­trib­uted to his lack of work, Mr More said.

Judge John Walker urged Solomon to find a job.

‘‘If you didn’t have so much time on your hands, it’s un­likely you’d be be­hav­ing this way.

‘‘ You were ba­si­cally wan­der­ing around peo­ple’s houses and get­ting into cars.’’

Be­ing un­der a cur­few at home would keep Solomon out of mis­chief, Judge Walker said.

‘‘Com­mu­nity de­ten­tion will keep you at home when you’d oth­er­wise be . . . in­ter­fer­ing with cars.’’

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