Fox­ton home de­ten­tion for bur­glary

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The bor­ing town of Fox­ton will be a temp­ta­tion-free zone for a Mana metham­phetamine ad­dict on home de­ten­tion, the Porirua Dis­trict Court heard last Tues­day.

Hay­den Paul Rizvi, 22, was sen­tenced to nine months’ home de­ten­tion for bur­glary and re­ceiv­ing stolen goods.

Be­fore his ar­rest, Rizvi used to use meth seven times a day and had 31 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

His lawyer, An­drew More, said Rizvi would re­cu­per­ate well in Fox­ton, ‘‘where, to be fair, there isn’t a lot go­ing on’’.

‘‘Al­though bore­dom some­times makes peo­ple do funny things,’’ Judge Bill Hast­ings said.

Fox­ton po­lice were un­en­thu­si­as­tic about Rizvi’s re­lo­ca­tion and one of Rizvi’s co-of­fend­ers was hiding from po­lice nearby in Horowhenua, but Judge Hast­ings was will­ing to trust Rizvi to be­have in the small Manawatu town.

‘‘I’m pre­pared to take a chance,’’ he said.

On July 23 at 4am, Rizvi drove with Johnathan Shane Ruri and another as­so­ci­ate to Para­para- umu, where they tried to kick in the door of KCT Streetwear.

The trio then drove away be­fore re­turn­ing 40 min­utes later with a crow­bar and an axe and smash­ing in the shop’s door.

They stole 40 items of cloth­ing and re­turned to Ruri’s house, where the po­lice found them a few hours later.

Rizvi’s sec­ond charge re­lates to a stolen Yamaha scooter he was rid­ing in Tawa on Au­gust 22.

He saw a po­lice car ahead, did a u- turn, then aban­doned the scooter and ran home.

Po­lice dis­cov­ered the scooter did not be­long to Rizvi.

Mr More said his client was ready to ad­dress his drug ad­dic­tion. Rizvi’s fa­ther used to be a ‘‘big time’’ ad­dict, Mr More said.

‘‘While there do ap­pear to be some fam­ily is­sues there, the fam­ily is beat­ing those is­sues and the fa­ther can sup­ply some ad­vice and sup­port to Mr Rizvi,’’ he said.

‘‘He does have the ac­knowl­edge­ment and de­sire to change.’’

Eleven fam­ily mem­bers and friends were present in court to sup­port Rizvi.

Judge Hast­ings said Rizvi’s bur­glary was pre­med­i­tated and he risked be­com­ing a re­cidi­vist bur­glar. How­ever, Rizvi had blos­somed in prison and had writ­ten a let­ter of re­morse for his ‘‘stupid ac­tions’’, Judge Hast­ings said.

‘‘You need to strike while the iron is hot. You need to mo­ti­vate your­self to change your life and get your­self off metham­phetamine.’’

Rizvi will at­tend a res­i­den­tial ad­dic­tion treat­ment pro­gramme in Jan­uary and was or­dered to pay $1127 repa­ra­tion.

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